EDINBURG, Texas — Over a four-day period last week, U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents assigned to the Rio Grande Valley Sector seized more than $1.5 million in marijuana in failed smuggling attempts — one of which involved an SUV crashing down into the Rio Grande River in an attempt to evade apprehension.
On Friday, November 26, 2010, Border Patrol agents working in La Rosita, Texas, observed a Ford SUV traveling north from the Rio Grande River at a high rate of speed. As the agents responded to the area, they discovered the SUV abandoned. Inside, they discovered bundles of marijuana weighing more than 470 pounds with an estimated street value of $376,000.
On Saturday, CBP agents responded to a report of suspected drug smugglers walking north from the Rio Grande River. Upon arrival, the drug smugglers dropped bundles of marijuana, weighing more than 286 pounds, and fled to Mexico. The bundles had an estimated street value of $229,000.
On Sunday morning, a CBP agent working near La Rosita observed a sedan traveling north of the Rio Grande River and responded to the area — discovering the vehicle abandoned with bundles of marijuana weighing more than 457 pounds. The seizure was estimated at $366,000.
On Monday, agents responded to a reported drug smuggling attempt in La Rosita and, upon arrival, discovered a Chevrolet van partially submerged in the Rio Grande River. Inside, agents discovered bundles of marijuana weighing more than 690 pounds with an estimated street value of $552,000.
In total, over the four-day period, agents assigned to the Rio Grande Valley Sector seized more than 1,903 pounds of marijuana estimated at $1.523 million.