CBP seizes more than $300K worth of narcotics


Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Says drug smuggling continues, even with the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to a release, Border Patrol seized more than $319,000 worth of drugs, over three separate occasions.

Agents at the Rio Grande City Station seized three bundles of marijuana on Sunday.

The agents seized the narcotics after the suspects were seen carrying the bundles near the Rio Grande, according to the release.

The suspects returned to Mexico as the agents responded.  A search of the area showed the bundles weighed 138 pounds and were worth about $110,200.

Later that same evening, agents working in Rio Grande City observed five men making their way north from the Rio Grande.

As agents approached the five suspects that ran back to Mexico, they found four bundles of marijuana.

Officials say the bundles weighed over 200lbs and were worth about $150,000.

On a separate occasion, on Monday morning, Fort Brown Station agents received a report of two suspects carrying bundles crossing Brownie Street in Brownsville.

When agents responded, they came across two abandoned bundles of marijuana. One of the suspects was apprehended and transported to the station for processing.

The bundles weighed 74.6 pounds and had a value of $59,680.

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