U.S. Border Patrol agents working along the Rio Grande seized more than 1,200 pounds of marijuana in two separate incidents in one day.
Agents working near Garceno, Texas observed a Ford F-150 traveling away from the Rio Grande at a high rate of speed. As nearby agents responded to investigate, the driver of the F-150 veered off the road and abandoned the pickup after striking a gate. Agents searched the vehicle and discovered 750 pounds of marijuana worth nearly $600K.
That same afternoon, agents and Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) troopers working near Rio Grande City, Texas, encountered a vehicle leaving the river area. DPS conducted a vehicle stop and discovered more than 450 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $364K.
Even with the spread of the COVID-19 virus, human smugglers continue to try these brazen attempts with zero regard for the lives they endanger nor to the health of the citizens of our great nation. The U.S. Border Patrol agents of the Rio Grande Valley Sector will continue to safeguard the nation and community against these criminal elements.