In a new series starting this week we will highlight some of the drug busts that accursed along the entire border of the United States. All information provided by U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
136 Lbs Marijuana worth an estimated $109k found in an abandoned barn in Edinburg,TX after border patrol agents followed fresh footprints from the border to the barn. No reported arrests.
759 lbs marijuana worth estimated $607k found in a home in Garciasville, TX when border patrol agents following an anonymous tip. No reported arrests.
222 lbs of Methamphetamine found in the gas tank of a 2004 Silverado driven by a 36 year old U.S. Citizen as he tried to re-enter the United States. Driver was arrested. Estimated value $266k.
68 lbs Marijuana found in an abandoned car after it fled officers. No arrests, Value estimated $54,k.
Rio Grande City agents responded to a report of suspected illegal activity near the Rio Grande. As agents arrived to the area, they observed a suspicious sports utility vehicle in the area and conducted a vehicle stop. As agents approached the vehicle, they observed multiple bundles of marijuana located throughout the vehicle. Agents arrested the driver and seized over 647 pounds of marijuana worth nearly $518K.
Brownsville, Texas responded to a report of a male subject carrying a bundle of narcotics near the Rio Grande. As agents moved in, they observed an additional male subject walking alongside the suspect with the bundle. Upon observing the agents, both subjects attempted to flee into Mexico. Agents were able to apprehend one subject and seize one bundle of marijuana. The subject was identified as a Mexican national illegally present in the United States. The seized bundle had an approximate weight of 23 pounds and a near value of $19K. The second subject successfully fled into Mexico.
Rio Grande City agents were advised of possible narcotics smuggling activity near La Grulla, Texas. Agents immediately responded and discovered six abandoned bundles of marijuana. A search of the area produced no additional narcotics or suspects. The seized bundles of marijuana weighed over 345 pounds and are valued at $276K.
Rio Grande Valley agents working near Fronton, Texas encountered five subjects carrying four bundles of marijuana. The subjects dropped the bundles and proceeded to flee into Mexico. The seized bundles weighed 101 pounds and are worth more than $80K.
Rio Grande City agents on patrol near Las Barreras, Texas, observed several drug smugglers load bundles of marijuana into a Cadillac sedan. After loading the vehicle, the driver fled the area at a high rate of speed. Shortly thereafter, the driver turned the vehicle around and traveled south to the Rio Grande after seeing the responding agents. Upon arriving at the river, the driver abandoned the vehicle and fled to Mexico. Agents searched the vehicle and discovered more than 619 pounds of marijuana worth nearly $496K.
On Jan. 19, at about 12:40 p.m., a 65-year-old woman and her 19-year-old granddaughter, both U.S. citizens, the port of entry driving a 2006 Dodge Durango. CBP officers later extracted and seized 299 packages of methamphetamine, weighing 219 pounds from the vehicle’s roof, doors and quarter panels. The narcotics have an estimated street value of more than $416k.
Saturday, Jan. 18, at the Brownsville and Matamoros International Bridge when a 29-year-old male Mexican citizen applied for entry into the United States driving a 2011 Chevrolet Cruze when CBP officers discovered 26 packages which contained a total of 13.40 pounds of alleged cocaine, 1.72 pounds of alleged heroin and 3.17 pounds of alleged methamphetamine hidden within the vehicle. The estimated street value of the cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine from the seizure is $103,360, $39,000 and $63,492 respectively totalling over $205k.
The incident occurred at approximately 12:15 p.m., when a 35-year-old man, permanent resident driving a silver Volvo V50 approached a checkpoint in CA. Border Patrol agents discovered several packages concealed within the spare tire of the vehicle. The total weight of the narcotics discovered was 21.84 pounds of methamphetamine with an estimated value of $41,500
CBP Air and Marine operations crew detected the low-profile go-fast vessel in the Eastern Pacific Ocean on Jan. 9. The crew contacted the U.S. Coast Guard, which intercepted the vessel, described as a 60-foot low-profile go-fast vessel. Two Colombian nationals and two Ecuadorian nationals were found aboard the vessel, as well as approximately 2,200 lbs. of cocaine worth an estimated $28,000,000.