EDINBURG, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents continue to intercept marijuana smuggling attempts throughout the Rio Grande Valley.
Yesterday morning, Rio Grande City agents responded to a report of several subjects traversing through private property near Garciasville, Texas. Upon arrival, agents followed a fresh trail that led them to an abandoned house. A search of the area resulted in the arrest of five illegal aliens and five bundles of marijuana weighing over 290 pounds with an estimated value of $235K.
Hours later, agents working near Garceño, Texas, observed a GMC Yukon leaving the Rio Grande at a high rate of speed. Mobile units responded, located the vehicle and attempted to conduct a vehicle stop. The driver failed to yield and a pursuit ensued which ended after the driver struck a chain link fence and abandoned the vehicle. Inside the Yukon, agents discovered four bundles of marijuana weighing over 350 pounds worth an estimated $283K. The Starr County Sheriff’s Office located the driver and arrested him.
That same afternoon, agents observed several subjects load bundles of marijuana into a Ford F150 near Rio Grande City, Texas. Agents, along with other local law enforcement agencies, responded to the area and attempted to stop the vehicle. The driver of the F150 refused to yield and attempted to return to the river. Agents arrested the driver after he abandoned the vehicle and attempted to flee. Inside the F150, agents seized five bundles of marijuana weighing over 350 pounds worth an estimated $283K.
In Brownsville, Texas, agents located three bundles of marijuana abandoned in the brush. The more than 70 pounds of marijuana is worth an estimated $25K.
Later that day, Fort Brown agents responded to a report of several subjects illegally entering the United States near Brownsville, Texas. Upon arrival, agents located a fresh trail that led to two illegal aliens and two bundles of marijuana. The nearly 50 pounds of marijuana is worth an estimated $39K.
The public is encouraged to take a stand against crime in their communities and report suspicious activity at 800-863-9382.