EDINBURG, Texas – Since Friday, May 8, Border Patrol agents foiled five smuggling attempts and seized more than 780 pounds of marijuana, said the agency’s press release.
On Friday evening, Rio Grande Valley Sector agents working near Escobares, Texas, spotted several drug smugglers make landfall on the U.S. bank of the Rio Grande. When agents approached, the smugglers abandoned the bundles and fled back to Mexico. Agents recovered more than 231 pounds of marijuana in the brush worth over $185,000.
A half hour later, Rio Grande City agents working in Roma, Texas, responded to a report of a suspicious red Dodge pickup at a nearby cross street. When agents arrived, they observed the truck leaving the area and attempted to conduct a vehicle stop. The driver failed to yield and a pursuit ensued. Agents were successful in stopping the vehicle.
Agents discovered more than 210 pounds of marijuana in the brush along with a suspected drug smuggler at the initial location. Both driver and smuggler were arrested. The marijuana is valued at over $169,000. The Starr County High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) task force took custody of the driver and the narcotics.
The following evening, agents working near La Grulla, Texas, responded to a report of multiple subjects walking north of the Rio Grande. The agents discovered six bundles of marijuana abandoned in the dense brush. The drugs weighed over 227 pounds and are valued at over $181,000.
The release also said, agents seized more than 115 pounds of marijuana, arrested two smugglers, and seized one vehicle in two separate incidents. The marijuana is valued at over $92,000.
The public is encouraged to take a stand against crime in their communities and report suspicious activity at 800-863-9382.