Texas Border Business
EDINBURG, Texas – Yesterday afternoon, Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol agents seized more than 1,300 lbs. of marijuana in two separate incidents.
Yesterday afternoon, Border Patrol agents working in La Rosita, Texas, observed a light colored Ford F-150 pickup leaving the Rio Grande. As the agents attempted to conduct a vehicle stop, the driver of the pickup failed to yield to the agent’s emergency lights. Agents followed the vehicle through a residential area until the pickup stopped after striking a fence. The driver immediately abandoned the pickup and fled into the nearby brush. Agents searched the immediate area to no avail. A closer inspection of the vehicle revealed 570 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $456K.
Additionally, agents working in Starr County seized more than 800 pounds of marijuana, and arrested a United States citizen drug smuggler after he attempted to swim to Mexico during a failed smuggling attempt. The drugs have an estimated value of $643K.
Border Patrol processed the cases and the subject accordingly.
The public is encouraged to take a stand against crime in their communities and report suspicious activity at 800-863-9382.
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.