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BREAKING: Border Patrol Seizes Over $1.3 Million… Here’s What It Was

Border Patrol Seizes Over $1.3 Million Worth of Marijuana in the Rio Grande Valley

EDINBURG, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Rio Grande Valley Sector interdicted over 1,600 pounds of marijuana in three separate narcotic smuggling attempts.

Yesterday, agents in Rio Grande City responded to illicit activity near the Rio Grande. As agents approached the area, they discovered an abandoned vehicle loaded with bundles of marijuana. The agents observed numerous subjects on the Mexican side of the river, directly across from the seizure location. The marijuana weighed over 275 pounds worth an estimated $220,500.00.

Agents seized over 1,600 pounds of marijuana

Early this morning, Rio Grande City agents observed a Ford Expedition departing the Rio Grande near La Rosita, Texas. Agents responded to the area and attempted to initiate a vehicle stop. The driver of the load vehicle failed to yield to the agents’ emergency equipment and eventually bailed out. Agents apprehended the driver and seized nearly 470 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $375,000.00.

A few hours later, agents assigned to the McAllen station disrupted a marijuana smuggling attempt south of Mission, Texas. Agents tracked foot-sign of a group and discovered 13 bundles abandoned in the brush. An Air and Marine Operations air asset observed 14 subjects abscond back to Mexico. The marijuana weighed approximately 890 pounds worth an estimated $712,000.00

The public is encouraged to take a stand against crime in their communities and report suspicious activity at 800-863-9382.

Please visit www.cbp.gov to view additional news releases and other information pertaining to Customs and Border Protection. Follow us on Twitter at @CBPRGV.

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