Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol agents seize narcotics worth over $673K
KINGSVILLE, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents discover an assortment of narcotics during a failed smuggling attempt.
On Friday, agents assigned to the Kingsville checkpoint referred a Freightliner Truck to the secondary inspection area after a Border Patrol K9 alerted to the cargo area. During the inspection, agents located 8 bundles of cocaine with a total weight of 18 pounds; 2 bundles of methamphetamine, with a total weight of 2.5 pounds; and a bundle of heroin weighing nearly 3 pounds. The combined value of the narcotics is estimated to be worth over $673K.
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The driver, a 23-year-old United States citizen and the alleged narcotics were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.
The Rio Grande Valley Sector currently has multiple campaigns focused on rescues and danger awareness, such as “Operation Big Rig” and “No Se Arriesgue” to combat smuggling and ultimately save lives. Call 911 to report suspicious activity; “They’re humans, not cargo!”
Also in Yuma, Arizona, U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Wellton Station Interstate 8 Immigration Checkpoint arrested two United States citizens as they attempted to smuggle $144,012 worth of methamphetamine Friday.
At approximately 5 p.m., agents sent a 2012 white Chrysler 200 to the secondary inspection area of the checkpoint for additional questioning. While in secondary, a Border Patrol canine alerted to an odor it was trained to detect. Agents discovered 25 packages of methamphetamine hidden in the left- and right-side rocker panels of the vehicle. The combined weight of the narcotics was more than 48 pounds. The male driver and male passenger, a 38-year-old and 23-year-old residing in Chandler and Mesa, were arrested.
The narcotics and vehicle were seized.
Federal law allows agents to charge individuals by complaint, a method that allows the filing of criminal activity charges without inferring guilt. An individual is presumed innocent unless or until competent evidence is presented to a jury that establishes guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents effectively combat smuggling organizations attempting to illegally transport people and contraband through southwestern Arizona and California. Citizens can help the Border Patrol and U.S. Customs and Border Protection by calling 1-866-999-8727 toll-free to report suspicious activity. Callers can remain anonymous.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation’s borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.
SOURCE – U.S. Customs and Border Protection
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