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Border Patrol Seizes $430K Worth Of Drugs In Six Smuggling Attempts In Rio Grande Valley

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EDINBURG, Texas –Over the weekend, agents seized more than 500 pounds of marijuana, arrested two men, and seized one truck connected to a smuggling attempt.

Friday night, Fort Brown agents working in Brownsville, Texas, observed two drug smugglers walking north of the Rio Grande. As agents attempted to arrest them, the smugglers abandoned the bundles and fled. An immediate search of the area led to the discovery of two bundles of marijuana and the arrest of a Mexican national. The drugs weighed 50 pounds, valued at $40K.

Two hours later, agents responded to a second drug smuggling attempt in Brownsville, Texas. Upon arrival, agents observed two smugglers drop the bundles of marijuana and flee to Mexico. Agents searched the area for additional subjects and drugs to no avail. The bundles weighed 49 pounds, valued at over $39K.

On Sunday, Weslaco agents responded to a reported drug smuggling attempt near Pharr, Texas. As agents arrived at the location, they found several drug smugglers in the dense brush. The smugglers immediately abandoned the marijuana and fled to Mexico. Agents successfully recovered five bundles of marijuana weighing more than 116 pounds. The drugs are valued at over $93K.

A few minutes later, Falfurrias agents working at the checkpoint referred a GMC pickup to for secondary inspection after a Border Patrol K-9 alerted. At secondary, an inspection of the truck’s toolbox revealed 114 pounds of marijuana in a hidden compartment. Agents arrested the man and seized the vehicle. The marijuana is valued at over $91K.

Later Sunday evening, Rio Grande City Border Patrol agents seized more than 68 pounds of marijuana after discovering it in an abandoned house in La Rosita, Texas. The drugs are valued at over $54K.

Also on Sunday night, Weslaco agents working near Hidalgo, Texas, observed several suspected illegal aliens running south towards the Rio Grande. Agents searched the area and discovered more than 142 pounds of marijuana abandoned in hay bale storage shed. The drugs are worth over $113K.

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Border Patrol Nabs Sex Offender & Armed Smugglers Over Memorial Weekend

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IMPERIAL, Calif. – U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the El Centro Sector arrested a previously convicted sex offender, and two women in an armed human smuggling attempt, in two separate events over the weekend.

The first incident occurred Saturday, at around 3:53 a.m., when an agent encountered a man approximately 17.5 miles west of the Calexico West Port of Entry. During an immigration check, it was discovered that the man was from Mexico and was attempting to enter the United States illegally. The man was placed under arrest and transported to the El Centro station for further processing.

At the station, record checks revealed that the man had been previously convicted for “Lewd and Lascivious Acts with a Child” out of Santa Clara, on July 10, 2007. He was sentenced to one year of incarceration for his conviction. Record checks also revealed that the man has an extensive criminal record and two prior removals from the United States.

The 45-year-old man will be held in federal custody pending prosecution for 8 USC 1326 Re-entry of Removed Aliens.

In fiscal year 2020, El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents have arrested and/or removed 36 individuals either convicted or wanted on sexual offense charges after they entered the United States illegally.

The second incident occurred on Sunday, at around 10:50 p.m., when a gray Hyundai Sonata approached the Highway 86 checkpoint near Salton City. A Border Patrol agent assigned to primary inspection referred the vehicle to secondary inspection. While in secondary inspection, agents discovered two illegal aliens in the rear seat of the vehicle. Agents conducted a search on the driver and passenger, agents discovered a loaded handgun on the passenger’s waistband.

The driver and passenger, both adult United States citizen women, were presented for 8 USC 1324 Alien Smuggling. The two Mexican adult men will remain under federal custody pending an order of removal.

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CBP Seizes Over $2 Million Worth Of Meth At Hidalgo International Bridge

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Another massive seizure of cartel meth. This is happening with regularity, and for every seizure, there are many shipments make it through into our country. We need more wall on the border so agents will be freed up to patrol ports of entry.

HIDALGO, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Hidalgo International Bridge arrested a woman from Houston, Texas after discovering $2,446,000 worth of alleged methamphetamine concealed within the vehicle she was driving.

“This was an excellent discovery of hard narcotics, amid the travel restrictions we are currently operating under,” said Port Director Carlos Rodriguez, Port of Hidalgo/Pharr/ Anzalduas. “This exemplifies OFO’s commitment and continued resolve to prevent drugs from crossing our borders.”

On May 23, a CBP officer at the Hidalgo-Reynosa International Bridge encountered a brown 1999 Ford F150 pickup driven by a 20-year-old woman and referred her for further inspection. The secondary inspection, which included utilizing non-intrusive imaging equipment (NII), resulted in officers discovering 122.3 pounds (55.48 kg) of alleged methamphetamine hidden within the truck’s gas tank.

CBP OFO seized the narcotics, the truck, and arrested the woman from Houston, ultimately turning her over to the custody of agents with Homeland Security Investigations who continue with the investigation.

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