EDINBURG, Texas – Border Patrol disrupts two narcotic smuggling attempts resulting in seizures worth over $5M.
Yesterday morning, a Chevrolet Silverado arrived at the Javier Vega Jr. Border Patrol Checkpoint for inspection. The primary agent referred the vehicle to the secondary inspection area for further examination. A systematic search of the vehicle revealed an aftermarket compartment containing 158 pounds of methamphetamine. The methamphetamine had an estimated street value of over $5M. The case was turned over to Kenedy County Sheriff’s Office.
Early this morning, Rio Grande City agents observed three subjects carrying large bundles of suspected narcotics on their backs in Cuevitas, Texas. As agents approached the area, the subjects abandoned the bundles and absconded to Mexico. Agents recovered the bundles, which was determined to be marijuana weighing over 116 pounds with an estimated street value of over $93K. The narcotics were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).
Later in the morning, Fort Brown Agents working near Brownsville, Texas, responded to suspicious activity near the border wall. Upon arrival, agents observed two subjects carrying large bundles which appeared to be narcotics. Agents were able to apprehend both subjects and their contraband. The bundles were determined to be marijuana, weighing a total of 73 pounds worth over $58K. The bundles of marijuana and one suspect were turned over to DEA. Border Patrol processed the other subject accordingly.
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.