By Staff

EDINBURG, Texas – Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol agents seized hundreds of pounds of marijuana and more than ten pounds of meth recently from smugglers near the Rio Grande.

A border fence is seen near the Rio Grande which marks the boundary between Mexico and the United States in Eagle Pass, Texas. (credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

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In all, the three smuggling attempts resulted in the seizure of more than $1.2M worth of narcotics.

On June 22, Brownsville Border Patrol Station agents working near the Rio Grande discovered footprints leading away from the river and toward the River Bend Golf Resort. Agents followed the footprints to an area west of the Sunset Lake Subdivision where they found six bundles of marijuana. Agents searched the nearby area but no smugglers were discovered. The abandoned bundles of marijuana weighed over 124 pounds with an estimated street value of more than $99K.

On June 23, agents working in Brownsville encountered a white Ford Explorer suspected of being used in narcotics smuggling. Agents followed behind the SUV and attempted to stop it when it failed to yield. The driver changed direction and began to travel towards the Rio Grande. The vehicle splashed down into the river and two subjects quickly exited the vehicle carrying two bundles of suspected marijuana and retreated to Mexico. At the river, agents discovered a trailer retrofitted with barrels around the frame making the trailer buoyant. Agents suspect the Ford Explorer was rafted across the river into the United States using the trailer. Agents advised Mexican authorities, who responded to the area and seized two vehicles and two bundles of marijuana near the Mexican riverbank. Agents extracted 29 bundles of marijuana from the Ford Explorer. The marijuana weighed more than 665 pounds with an estimated street value of over $530K.

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Additionally, over 12 pounds of methamphetamine and nearly 8 pounds of heroin were seized at the Falfurrias Border Patrol Checkpoint.

All the narcotics were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.


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