U.S. Border Patrol agents disrupted six narcotic smuggling attempts in the Rio Grande Valley (RGV) valued at over $1.4 million over a four-day period.
The first case took place Saturday evening.
Rio Grande City agents were advised by a Department of Public Safety State Trooper that a red vehicle was observed traveling at a high rate of speed away from an area near the Rio Grande, said a press release. Agents encountered an abandoned Ford Taurus with two bundles of marijuana inside weighing over 68 pounds and valued at $54,000.
The second case took place Sunday morning.
Rio Grande City agents responded to reports of suspected illegal activity near the Rio Grande. Agents arrived at the scene and observed a suspicious sports utility vehicle in the area and conducted a traffic stop. Agents observed multiple bundles of marijuana throughout the vehicle. According to the release, the subject was arrested and the 647 pounds of marijuana worth nearly $518,000 were seized.
Hours later, Fort Brown agents in Brownsville responded to a report of a male subject carrying a bundle of narcotics near the Rio Grande. According to a release, agents observed an additional male walking with the suspect with the bundle. Both subjects attempted to flee into Mexico, but agents were able to apprehend one of the subjects.
The subject apprehend was identified as a Mexican national by authorities. Agents also seized the bundle of marijuana weighing 23 pounds, valued at $276,000.
The release states, on Sunday Rio Grande City agents, were advised of possible narcotics smuggling activity near La Grulla, Texas. Agents responded and discovered six abandoned bundles of marijuana. No suspects were found in the area. The 345 pounds of marijuana were seized, an estimated value of $276,000.
Officials added that on Monday, agents working near Fronton, Texas encountered five subjects carrying four bundles of marijuana. According to the release, the subject dropped the bundles and fled into Mexico. The seized bundles weighed 101 pounds and were valued at over $80,000.
Another incident took place on Tuesday near Las Barreras, Texas.
According to the release, Rio Grande City agents observed several drug smugglers load bundles into a vehicle. The driver fled the area. Then, the subject turned the vehicle around and traveled south to the Rio Grande after observing agents.
The driver abandoned the vehicle at the river and fled to Mexico. Agents then discovered more than 619 pounds of marijuana valued at over $496,000.