Drug smuggling attempts in Texas led to the seizure of more than $730K worth of drugs.
On February 11, 2020 Rio Grande Valley Sector agents working in La Rosita, Texas, observed a grey Jeep sports utility vehicle traveling south towards the Rio Grande. As agents arrived, the driver and several other drug smugglers were seen swimming to Mexico.
A search of the vehicle led to the discovery of 570 pounds of marijuana, valued at $456K. During a search of the area, agents arrested a Mexican national involved in the foiled scheme. The Starr County High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area task force took custody of the driver, narcotics, and vehicle.
A short while later, Rio Grande City agents working near La Casita, Texas, observed a black pickup traveling north of the Rio Grande. Upon seeing the agents, the driver of the pickup abandoned the vehicle and fled.
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Agents discovered more than 350 pounds of marijuana worth over $280K in the pickup. A search of the immediate area led to the arrest of the driver. Border Patrol turned the narcotics and the driver over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.