Agents thwart smugglers, nab $2 million worth of dope

POSTED: Friday, September 24, 2010 - 11:28am
UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 9:53am

EDINBURG, Texas — U.S. Border Patrol agents of the Rio Grande Valley Sector kept busy Wednesday seizing more than 2,500 pounds of marijuana in three separate incidents.

The most significant seizure occurred when agents assigned to the McAllen Station saw two rafts cross the Rio Grande from Mexico south of Mission, Texas. The rafts were loaded with what appeared to be large bundles of narcotics. Upon reaching the U.S. shore, several men got out of the rafts and loaded the bundles into a white Ford F-250. As the driver of the pickup drove away, he spotted the agents and immediately returned to the river where he and a passenger jumped out and swam to Mexico. The agents seized more than 1,200 pounds of marijuana and the truck, which was reported stolen out of Rio Grande City, Texas. The rafts were last seen crossing back to Mexico.

In the second incident, agents assigned to the Rio Grande City Station where patrolling on foot near the river in Los Ebanos, Texas, when they spotted several men carrying bundles emerge from the brush. When the agents identified themselves, the men dropped their cargo, dove into the river and swam to Mexico ─ leaving behind more than 700 pounds of marijuana.

The third seizure occurred in the Mid-Valley area when Harlingen Station agents responding to suspicious activity near El Ranchito encountered an unoccupied and parked vehicle. A K-9 team arrived at the site and detected the odor of narcotics coming from the vehicle. Discovered within the vehicle, were more than 500 pounds of marijuana.

The narcotics from the three seizures are valued at more than $2 million and were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration for further investigation.


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