Border Patrol agents seize over 1,200 pounds of marijuana across the RGV

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Photo of drugs seized by Border Patrol agents. (Source: U.S. Customs and Border Protection)

Drug seizures continue to happen across the Rio Grande Valley by Border Patrol agents.

The first occurred on Wednesday when McAllen agents working near Havana, Texas, saw several drug smugglers walking north of the Rio Grande after entering the United States illegally. According to the report, after an air unit arrived on the scene, the smugglers dropped bundles of marijuana and fled into Mexico. In all, six bundles, weighing more than 219 pounds, were seized. Value of the marijuana was more than $175,000.

On the same day, Rio Grande City agents working line operations near the community of Refugio, Texas, spotted four smugglers carrying drug bundles after crossing the Rio Grande. Authorities said as they attempted to catch them, the smugglers abandoned the marijuana and fled back to Mexico. We’re told more than 281 pounds of marijuana was seized. The drugs were worth more than $224,000.

Then a few hours later, according to authorities, Rio Grande Valley Sector agents working near Roma, Texas, spotted multiple subjects near the Rio Grande carrying several marijuana bundles. Authorities said as the smugglers walked north, they immediately dropped the bundles and fled back to Mexico as agents tried to catch them. Over 114 pounds of marijuana was seized. The drugs were worth more than $92,000.

On Thursday, Rio Grande City agents performing line watch duties, saw several drug smugglers walking north on an open field after illegally entering the United States. As the agents attempted to arrest them, they left the marijuana and headed back to Mexico. Over 382 pounds of marijuana was seized. Estimated cost of the drugs was $306,000.

Then on Friday morning, Brownsville agents were called out to a report of smugglers walking north of the Rio Grande. As agents approached the smugglers, the dropped the marijuana and fled back to Mexico. Five bundles, weighing more than 264 pounds, were seized. Estimated cost of the drugs was $212,000.

We’re also told that on Tuesday, Falfurrias Border Patrol agents seized more than 28 pounds of cocaine. Estimated cost of narcotics was $910,000.

The public is encouraged to take a stand against crime in their communities and report suspicious activity at 800-863-9382.

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