RGV Border Patrol seizes over $3 million in drugs and a gang member

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Source: CBP Public Afffairs

EDINBURG – On Saturday, agents assigned to the Rio Grande City station witnessed a raft loaded with several subjects and bundles of contraband cross the Rio Grande into the United States near Escobares, Texas.

Agents tracked the foot prints of several subjects to a nearby residence. The agents requested assistance from the Escobares Police Department, who secured a search warrant. The Escobares Police Department seized six bundles of marijuana, weighing 275 lbs.  The subjects were not located. 

On Friday, Rio Grande City agents conducted patrol operations near Roma when they observed multiple subjects on a raft heading towards the U.S. riverbank with suspected bundles of marijuana. Once on land, the subjects saw the approaching agents and fled south back to Mexico. Agents seized four bundles of marijuana weighing 230 lbs.

In a third seizure, agents seized an additional 230 lbs. of marijuana near Garceno, Texas. The three seizures resulted in over 740 pounds of marijuana with an estimated value of more than $590,000 said the agency.

In a separate incident the agency said Weslaco agents arrested an 18th Street gang member and seized 82 lbs. of cocaine valued at $2.6 million.

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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