Edinburg, Texas – Yesterday, U.S. Border Patrol agents in the Rio Grande Valley disrupted three separate marijuana smuggling attempts worth nearly $1M.

Early yesterday morning, Harlingen agents observed a Ford F-150 pickup traveling along a dirt road toward the Rio Grande near Los Indios, Texas. The pickup then departed the river area at a high rate of speed. Mobile units located the vehicle and observed the driver and a passenger abandon the pickup and attempt to flee. Inside the Ford F-150, agents discovered over 830 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $700K. Agents searched the area and located a 27-year-old Mexican national nearby.

An hour later, agents working near Havana, Texas, were patrolling along the Rio Grande when they discovered several bundles of marijuana abandoned along the pathway. The marijuana weighed over 200 pounds and is worth an estimated $175K.

Several hours later, agents working near Calaboz, Texas, responded to a report of several subjects carrying bundles of narcotics attempting to scale the border wall. Agents responded to the area and observed several subjects jump into the Rio Grande and swim back to Mexico. A search of area resulted in the discovery of a ladder utilized during the attempt to scale the wall and three bundles of marijuana. The marijuana weighed approximately 145 pounds and is worth an estimated $116K.

The public is encouraged to take a stand against crime in their communities and report suspicious activity at 800-863-9382. 

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