BROWNSVILLE, TX – U.S. Border Patrol agents have seized over $700,000 worth of marijuana over the past week. The string of seizures began Sept. 21 when Rio Grande City agents observed signs of an illegal entry near Garceño, U.S. Customs and Border Protection wrote in a news release. A search turned up four bundles of marijuana weighing over 160 pounds and worth an estimated $129,000.
Later that afternoon, Fort Brown agents saw several people carrying bundles of marijuana near Brownsville. When approach, the smugglers abandoned the narcotics and tried to enter into Mexico, U.S. Customs wrote. A search of the area resulted in the arrest of one subject and taking custody of three bundles weighing more than 70 pounds and worth an estimated $59,000.
On Sunday, a search of a GMC Yukon at the Falfurrias checkpoint turned up marijuana packages weighing 165 pounds and worth $136,000. Shortly after, a Plymouth Neon was seen driving away from the Rio Grande riverbank in a desolate area near La Rosita, U.S. Customs wrote. As agents approached the vehicle, the driver fled. Inside the Neon agents found 40 bundles of marijuana weighing over 465 pounds and worth an estimated $374,000.
On Wednesday, agents responded to a report of subject carrying marijuana bundles through brush in Rio Grande City, U.S. Customs wrote. As agents approached, the subjects dumped the bundles and ran. In total, 230 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $187,000 were recovered.