Over two-day period Border Patrol agents seize over $400,000 in marijuana

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EDINBURG, Texas – On Tuesday morning, Rio Grande City agents responded to a reported drug smuggling event near Roma. The press release said as agents arrived, they observed five drug smugglers who swam back to Mexico. Agents searched the immediate area and discovered three bundles of marijuana, weighing more than 200 pounds, valued at over $162,000.

The same day in Roma, agents responded to a reported drug smuggling attempt involving a dark colored Ford F-150 pickup. The driver loaded off several bundles at a nearby residence and abandoned the pickup. Agents discovered more than 230 pounds of marijuana, valued at over $186,000. The driver was located and arrested.

Hours later in Brownsville, agents observed multiple drug smugglers travelling north of the Rio Grande. When agents attempted to arrest them, the smugglers abandoned the drugs and attempted to flee. Two Mexican nationals were arrested and two bundles of marijuana seized. The drugs weighed 70 pounds and valued at $56,000.

The release also added that on Wednesday morning, a Fort Brown agent on patrol near Brownsville observed three subjects running north of the river levee carrying bundles of marijuana on their backs and attempted to flee. A search of the area led to the arrest of two Mexican nationals and more than 71 pounds marijuana, valued at over $57,000.

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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