Texas Border Business
EDINBURG, Texas – Rio Grande Valley Sector Border Patrol agents interdicted four narcotics smuggling attempts resulting in the seizure of over 1,000 pounds of marijuana valued at more than $850K.
Friday morning, agents assigned to the Fort Brown Border Patrol Station encountered a subject with a suspected bundle of marijuana in Brownsville, Texas. Agents approached the subject who dropped the bundle and was observed absconding into Mexico. The agents seized the bundle of marijuana that weighed 24 pounds and is valued at almost $20K.
Later that evening, a vehicle approached the primary lane of inspection at the Javier Vega Jr. Checkpoint near Sarita, Texas. The vehicle was referred to secondary inspection after a K-9 alerted to the vehicle during the immigration inspection of the driver. At secondary, agents discovered marijuana within the gas tank and door panels of the vehicle. The driver and passenger were placed under arrest and escorted inside the checkpoint. The marijuana seized weighed over 116 pounds and is worth more than $93K.
On Saturday, agents assigned to the Harlingen Border Patrol Station working near Santa Maria, Texas, observed three individuals each carrying a bundle of suspected narcotics walking across the levee. Agents responded to the area and were able to apprehend three nationals of Mexico and seized three bundles of marijuana. The marijuana weighed 185 pounds and is valued at approximately $148K.
On Monday, agents assigned to the Rio Grande City Border Patrol Station seized over 745 pounds of marijuana that is valued at almost $600K.
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.