EDINBURG, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents continue to seize drugs in the Rio Grande Valley Sector. In a press release by U.S. Border Patrol, officials said more than 680 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $545,544.00 was seized.
On Friday morning agents assigned to the Rio Grande City station working near Roma, Texas responded to a report of subjects illegally entering the United States, hiding in the brush.
Agents observed numerous subjects run towards the Rio Grande and swim to Mexican side of the river. As they ran away, smugglers left two marijuana bundles behind.
The release also mentioned that on late Thursday evening, agents at the Fort Brown station spotted four subjects south of Highway 4. When agents approached, the four subjects dropped bundles of marijuana and fled towards Mexico.
The same evening, the release said, agents conducting patrol operations near Garceno, Texas, seized several bundles of marijuana and a small boat. Agents observed approximately eight subjects return to Mexico after dropping their contraband.
The Rio Grande City riverine unit responded to the area and seized an abandoned boat used in the failed smuggling attempt. While agents were retrieving the vessel, smugglers began to throw rocks at the agents from the Mexican bank of the Rio Grande.
Agents defended themselves from the rock attacks by deploying less than lethal projectiles at the assailants. No injuries were reported and no arrest were made, said the release.
The public is encouraged to take a stand against crime in their communities and report suspicious activity at 800-863-9382. “Operation Big Rig” is a campaign to combat smuggling and ultimately save lives. The U.S. Border Patrol urges the public to report suspicious activity by calling 911.
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, said the organization’s press release.