Border Patrol agents thwart drug smuggling attempts

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Source: CBP

EDINBURG, Texas – Wednesday morning Border Patrol agents working near Garciasville, Texas, intercepted a subject floating an All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) across the Rio Grande on an inflatable raft.

The agency said raft made landfall and agents observed several bundles of drugs on the ATV. The operator drove off at a high rate of speed but later abandoned the drugs and the ATV. The marijuana weighed 463 pounds, valued at more than $370,000.

Later in Weslaco, agents working near Mercedes observed smugglers load several bundles of drugs into a Jeep Cherokee. The driver attempted to flee then exited the vehicle, jumped into the Rio Grande, and swam to Mexico. Agents discovered 485 pounds of marijuana worth more than $389,000.

Later in Harlingen, agents near La Rusias, Texas responded to a drug smuggling in progress. Agents responded and discovered three bundles of abandoned marijuana in the overgrown brush. The drugs weighed more than 127 pounds, worth more than $102,000, said the agency.

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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