Border Patrol seize firearms during drug smuggling attempt

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Source: Customs and Border Protection

Edinburg, Texas (KVEO)—U.S. Border Patrol agents seized two firearms during two separate drug smuggling attempts.

According to a news release, agents working at the Falfurrias checkpoint on Sunday night stopped a Ford Escape to for a secondary inspection. Agents then discovered two small bags of marijuana, along with other types of drugs.

Agents also say they located a loaded 9mm firearm, which records indicated was stolen.

Agents arrested a 30 year-old United States citizen, who claimed ownership of the marijuana and firearm, and was turned over to the Brooks County Sheriff’s Office.

On Monday morning, agents working along U.S. Highway 77 near Armstrong, Texas, attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a white Ford Taurus.

The news release says the driver of the Taurus refused to stop and a pursuit was executed.

The pursuit came to an end when the driver abandoned the vehicle and fled the scene, according to the release.

Inside the vehicle agents located a loaded .45 caliber firearm on the driver’s side door.

Agents also said they found a large amount of cash in the center console and several bundles of marijuana in the trunk of the vehicle.

According to Border Patrol, agents in the Rio Grande Valley Sector have seized more than 100 firearms, an increase compared to same time period as last year.

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