Border Patrol agents seize over 800 pounds of drugs in one hour near Rio Grande City

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Drug bust in Garceno, Texas (Photo source: U.S. Customs and Border Protection)

Border Patrol agents seized over 800 pounds of drugs in just one hour over the weekend near Rio Grande City.

According to a release, Rio Grande City Agents spotted several subjects loading a white Chevrolet minivan with bundles of narcotics near the Rio Grande in Garceno, Texas, on Saturday. When agents arrived, they found the van empty but spotted several bundles of marijuana, weighing over 470 pounds, in the nearby brush. The suspects were seen fleeing into Mexico. The estimated value of the drugs was $377,000.

The release said a short time later, Rio Grande City Agents in La Rosita, Texas, saw a maroon Chevrolet Suburban approach the Rio Grande and load up with several bundles of narcotics before driving north. As agents responded to the scene, the vehicle turned around and headed back toward the Rio Grande. Agents found several bundles of marijuana, weighing over 216 pounds, inside the vehicle. The estimated value of the drugs was $173,000.

At the same time in La Casita, agents saw a white Mercury Grand Marquis driving north from the Rio Grande heading towards FM 1430. The suspect made a U-turn and headed south toward the Rio Grande after spotting authorities. The suspect abandoned the vehicle and agents recovered over 127 pounds of marijuana. The estimated value of the drugs was $103,000.

The cases remain under investigation and the Border Patrol is processing all subjects accordingly.

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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