EDINBURG, Texas — This weekend, agents seized more than 800 pounds of marijuana during three failed drug smuggling attempts.
Friday afternoon, Fort Brown agents working near Brownsville, Texas, observed two suspected drug smugglers walking north of the Rio Grande after rafting across the river. As agents responded to the area, the smugglers dropped the bundles and fled back to Mexico. A search of the area led to the seizure of more than 71 pounds of marijuana worth more than $57K.
The following day, Rio Grande City agents on patrol in La Grulla, Texas, responded to a reported drug smuggling attempt in an area commonly used by smugglers. As agents arrived to the area, they observed multiple subjects abandon the drugs. Agents, with the assistance of an Air and Marine Operations air asset, located and arrested three subjects and seized more than 91 pounds of marijuana worth over $73K.
Yesterday afternoon, Rio Grande City agents seized 645 pounds of marijuana during a failed smuggling attempt. The drugs have an estimated value of more than $516K.
Border Patrol processed the subjects and cases accordingly.
The public is encouraged to take a stand against crime in their communities and report suspicious activity at 800-863-9382.
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.