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800lbs of marijuana seized by Border Patrol agents

Posted at 2:49 PM, Dec 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-21 17:51:44-05

EDINBURG, Texas — Border Patrol agents said they were busy this weekend, as they seized over 800lbs of marijuana.

Over the weekend, Border Patrol agents said they interdicted multiple marijuana smuggling attempts.

Brownsville Station agents working in Brownsville, Texas Friday afternoon, observed multiple individuals near a Chevrolet Tahoe parked on the U.S. side of the Rio Grande. The Tahoe was then seen leaving the area and driving on Military Highway. Agents attempted to initiate a vehicle stop but the suspect failed to yield.

DPS Troopers in the area, assisted Border Patrol by taking over the pursuit. The driver of the Tahoe changed direction of travel and began driving towards the Rio Grande. The suspect vehicle was eventually driven into the Rio Grande where it was partially submerged.

A news release states the driver and a passenger were seen swimming into Mexico. Agents retrieved 15 bundles of marijuana weighing approximately 348 pounds with an estimated value of $278K. The marijuana and vehicle were turned over to DPS.

Later that day, Fort Brown Border Patrol agents working in Brownsville, Texas, were advised of three subjects carrying bundles of suspected narcotics near Highway 4. Agents searched the area where the suspects were last seen and discovered three abandoned bundles of marijuana weighing approximately 114 pounds with an estimated street value of over $91K. The suspects were not located.

Photo: Picture of 348lbs of marijuana with an approximate street value of $278K.

And on Sunday nightt, Rio Grande City agents working near El Refugio, Texas, said they saw a vehicle driving at a high rate of speed away from Rio Grande and onto the Expressway 83. The people in the vehicle were seen abandoning the vehicle and running into a nearby residence. Agents discovered the abandoned vehicle and inside found four bundles of marijuana weighing 348 pounds with an approximate value of $278K.

The suspects were later taken into custody by the Rio Grande City Police Department. The marijuana and vehicle were turned over to RGC PD.