Rio Grande Valley Sector Agents Seize More Than 1700 lbs. of Narcotics

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Texas Border Business

EDINBURG, Texas – Since Saturday, Border Patrol agents have seized more than $1.4M worth of narcotics in six separate incidents.

Last Saturday, Rio Grande City agents working near La Rosita, Texas, responded to a report of a vehicle traveling north from the Rio Grande at a high rate of speed. As the agents arrived, the driver of a white Chevrolet Tahoe abruptly turned around and traveled towards the river. The driver then abandoned the vehicle and fled to Mexico. A search of the vehicle yielded 564 pounds of marijuana valued at over $451K.

Monday morning, agents from the Rio Grande City station working in Garceno, Texas, observed several drug smugglers walking north of the Rio Grande. As agents attempted to arrest them, they abandoned the narcotics and fled. Agents searched the immediate area and arrested a Mexican national in connection with the failed smuggling attempt.  Agents seized 139 pounds of marijuana worth more than $111K. The Starr County High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) task force took custody of the man and narcotics.

That same day, Rio Grande City agents on patrol near Garceno, Texas, responded to a report of a dark-colored Buick sedan near the Rio Grande. Shortly thereafter, agents observed the sedan traveling south at a high rate of speed. Once at the river, agents discovered the sedan partially submerged in the river. Agents searched the vehicle and discovered more than 400 pounds of marijuana worth over $321K. The Starr County HIDTA task force took custody of the narcotics and vehicle.

This morning, Rio Grande City agents responded to a report of an ongoing drug-smuggling event where agents discovered several abandoned bundles. A search of the immediate area for additional narcotics or subjects yielded negative results. The marijuana weighed 343 pounds and worth more than $274K.

Additionally, agents seized more than 317 pounds of marijuana worth over $253K in two separate incidents.

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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

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