$353K Worth of Drugs Seized by USBP Near Harlingen, Texas

Jacumba CA - NOVEMBER 27: United States international wall with Mexico and Border Patrol vehicle in the distance on November 27 2017 in Jacumba CA USA.

Edinburg, Texas – Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol Sector (RGV) agents interdicted two drug smuggling attempts resulting in the seizure of more than 440 pounds of marijuana.

Early this morning, Harlingen Border Patrol agents working near the Rio Grande in Bluetown, Texas, observed multiple subjects carrying bundles of suspected narcotics.  Upon detection, the drug smugglers dropped their contraband and swiftly absconded back to Mexico. Agents seized the five abandoned bundles of marijuana. The weight of the marijuana was approximately 347 pounds, valued at over $278K.  The seized marijuana was transported to a Border Patrol station for processing.

About an hour later, Rio Grande City Border Patrol agents working in La Grulla, Texas, encountered a similar incident as they responded to illegal activity near the Rio Grande. Agents, along with a Border Patrol canine team, searched the area and discovered an abandoned bundle of marijuana.  The total weight of the marijuana was 93 pounds, worth an estimated $75K.  The drugs were transported to a Border Patrol station for processing.

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