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Failed Narcotic Smuggling Attempts Leads To Several Apprehensions

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LAREDO, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents apprehended several individuals and seized $1,120,720 worth of marijuana during several failed narcotics smuggling attempts over the course of a day.

The first incident occurred during the very early morning of July 7, when agents received a report of several individuals carrying bundles across the Rio Grande River. Agents responded and apprehended five individuals with bundles, while also turning several other individuals back to Mexico. Agents seized five bundles of marijuana with an approximate weight of 345.4 lbs., and an estimated value of $276,320. The five individuals were turned over to Special Agents of the Drug Enforcement Administration pending further investigation and prosecution. All five are from the country of Mexico and in the United States illegally.

The second incident occurred in the evening of the same day, when agents observed individuals load bundles of suspected marijuana into a pickup truck on a local ranch. Agents performed a vehicle stop on the truck, and discovered three bundles of marijuana. Agents seized the marijuana with an approximate weight of 289.9 lbs., and an estimated value of $231.920. The occupants of the vehicle were processed accordingly. The vehicle was seized by the U.S. Border Patrol.

The final incident occurred a couple hours later, when agents observed several individuals carrying bundles of suspected marijuana on a property near the Rio Grande River. Agents responded and apprehended three individuals and seized five bundles of marijuana. An additional four subjects absconded back to Mexico. The marijuana has an approximate weight of 382.8 lbs., with an estimated value of $306,240. The four individuals, all illegally present in the United States from the countries of Mexico and Honduras, were turned over to Special Agents of the Drug Enforcement Administration pending further investigation and prosecution.

Story compiled by Jeff Rainforth for We Build the Wall, Inc. Follow Jeff on Facebook for live border videos & coverage.

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Border Patrol Agents Nab Suspect In DC Area Homicide Case

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LAS CRUCES, N.M – A man being sought on a Fairfax County, Virginia homicide warrant is now in custody. U.S. Border Patrol agents working at the Interstate 25 checkpoint north of Las Cruces apprehended 20-year-old Salvadorian national Abel Alexander Castro Juarez July 31.

The apprehension was made when a commercial bus traveling north arrived at the checkpoint at approximately 10 p.m. U.S. Border Patrols agents performing an immigration inspection of all passengers located a man attempting to conceal himself in the restroom.

Agents queried the man and found that he had an active warrant issued on July 24, 2020 from the Fairfax County Police in the State of Virginia for homicide. He was turned over to the New Mexico State Police.

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Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol Seizes More Than $3M Worth Of Meth & Marijuana

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EDINBURG, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents in the Rio Grande Valley Sector interdict three drug smuggling attempts.

Yesterday, Rio Grande Valley Sector agents working near La Casita, Texas, observed a truck leave the Rio Grande at a high rate of speed. As the agents attempted to stop the truck, the driver suddenly pulled over and ran into a nearby field. The driver led agents on a short foot pursuit before being taken into custody. A subsequent search of the vehicle led to the discovery of more than 70 pounds of methamphetamine worth an estimated $2.3M. Border Patrol turned the case over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Moments later, agents responded to a residence in Falcon Heights after receiving information of suspected drug smuggling activity. As agents arrived, they observed multiple subjects removing bundles of suspected narcotics from a truck. Upon seeing the agents, the men abandoned the bundles and ran into the nearby brush. After searching the immediate area, agents seized 67 bundles of marijuana weighing over 730 pounds, worth an estimated $585K. Border Patrol turned the vehicle and drugs over to the Starr County Sheriff’s Office.

A short while later, Fort Brown agents responded to report of three drug smugglers walking north of the Rio Grande near Brownsville, Texas. With the assistance of a CBP Air and Marine Operations air asset, agents arrested three Mexican nationals and the seized more than 73 pounds of marijuana, worth nearly $59K.

Border Patrol processed the subjects and cases accordingly.

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