Edinburg, Texas ─ Nearly $6.7 million worth of narcotics were seized by U.S. Border Patrol agents from the Rio Grande Valley Sector over the past two days.
One of the most significant seizures occurred Tuesday near Fronton, Texas, when agents assigned to the Rio Grande City Station saw several people carrying bundles of marijuana. The smugglers fled into thick brush when they were approached by agents, leaving behind more than 650 pounds of marijuana.
Another seizure was made near Garceno, Texas, Tuesday when agents saw several people loading large bundles of marijuana into a car. Upon seeing the agents, the smugglers dropped the bundles and ran. Agents found nearly 360 pounds of marijuana that were abandoned by the smugglers.
Overall, agents seized more than 5,500 pounds of marijuana, 50 pounds of cocaine and nearly 340 ounces of heroin in two days spanning Monday and Tuesday. The narcotics will be turned over to other agencies for further investigation.
To report suspicious activity, call the Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol Sector’s toll-free telephone number at (800) 863-9382.
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.