EDINBURG, Texas – This weekend, Rio Grande Valley agents seized more than 400 pounds of marijuana, 15 pounds of methamphetamine, and over two pounds of heroin combined during three failed smuggling attempts.
Friday evening, Rio Grande Valley Sector agents working in La Rosita, Texas, observed multiple subjects carrying bundles of drugs on their backs as they walked away from the Rio Grande. As the subjects continued walking north, they dropped their contraband and absconded, as they observed approaching agents. Agents secured the drugs and attempted to locate the smugglers to no avail. The marijuana weighed more than 253 pounds worth more than $202K.
The following day, Rio Grande City agents responded to a reported drug smuggling attempt involving several smugglers near La Grulla, Texas. As agents arrived to the suspected location, a search ensued which subsequently lead to the discovery of four abandoned bundles of marijuana. A search of the area for the smugglers yielded negative results. The drugs weighed more than 184 pounds worth more than $147K.
Additionally since Friday, Rio Grande Valley agents seized 15 pounds of methamphetamine and more than two pounds of heroin during a failed smuggling attempt. The drugs have a combined value of more than $565K.
Border Patrol processed the cases accordingly.
Even with the spread of the COVID-19 virus, human smugglers continue to try these brazen attempts with zero regard for the lives they endanger nor to the health of the citizens of our great nation. The U.S. Border Patrol agents of the Rio Grande Valley Sector will continue to safeguard the nation and community against these criminal elements.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation’s borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.