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BP Agents Seize More Than $3 Million in Marijuana

EDINBURG–More than $3.3 million worth of marijuana was confiscated by U.S. Border Patrol agents from the Rio Grande Valley in multiple seizures Tuesday.

The largest seizure occurred agents saw a green minivan near Weslaco near the Rio Grande. Once the vehicle reached the river’s edge, the agents saw several people carry bundles of marijuana out of the brush and load them into the van. After the vehicle was loaded it was driven north at a high rate of speed.

When agents tried to pull over the vehicle, the driver spun the van around and sped back to the river, where he abandoned the vehicle and swam to Mexico. When arriving at the scene, agents saw several people attempting to unload the vehicle and saw people in the river swimming with bundles toward Mexico. The agents also saw several people on the Mexican side of the river, one of whom had a rifle.

More than 1,300 pounds of marijuana, with a value of more than $1.7 million, were found in the area.

Another large seizure took place near Garceño, Texas, when agents saw several people carrying large bundles of marijuana. As agents got in place to arrest them, they noticed a vehicle approaching the area. When the agents approached the group, they dropped their bundles and fled into the brush.

Other agents, who were responding to the area, encountered the vehicle traveling south toward the river. As agents neared the vehicle, they noticed the driver throw a pistol out of the window.

Soon after throwing the gun from the window, the driver bailed out of the vehicle and fled into the brush. Agents followed the vehicle’s route on foot and found a .380 semi-automatic pistol in the grass.

More than 720 pounds of marijuana, with a value of more than $570,000, were seized at the scene.

The marijuana from Tuesday’s seizures was more than 4,200 pounds and will be turned over to various agencies for further investigation.

–South Texas Tribune,


Drug Smugglers Using Ladders To Get Around Border Fence

LA PALOMA–Border Patrol Agents caught a big load of drugs last Thursday in the San Benito area and they said smugglers were using ladders to get around the border fence.

Surveillance cameras captured about ten people tossing more than 600 pounds of marijuana over the fence in the Rancho Grande neighborhood.

Some local neighbors saw the smugglers transporting the drugs.

“I am not surprised, said Mario Guzman, a La Paloma resident. “They used two ladders. One on the other and second one on the U.S. Side. Then they have a truck there and they put the drugs on the truck.”

Residents said it has been going on over the last couple of months.

“For two to three months they have been smuggling drugs that way,” said Guzman.  “Sometimes, they pass it through the fence and other times using the ladder.”

Agents caught two people, while eight got away by running back into Mexico.  Mauro Beltran-Guevara and Angel Serrato-Garza were arrested and they are now facing federal drug trafficking charges.

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–South Texas Tribune,

Valley Border Patrol Agents Catched Wanted Men

MCALLEN–Border Patrol Agents in the Rio Grande Valley arrested three illegal immigrants in separate incidents who were wanted for a variety of homicide charges in other parts of the country.

One of the arrests occurred Monday when an officer from the Combes near Harlingen after a  police officer stopped a man on a traffic violation. A Border Patrol agent from the Harlingen Station responded to a call from the officer to help interview the man regarding his citizenship status.

The man admitted to being a citizen of Mexico and to not having immigration documents to legally be in the United States. He was taken into custody and transported to the Harlingen Station for processing on the immigration violation.

While performing a records check, agents learned the man had been convicted in Florida for driving while intoxicated and felony vehicular manslaughter. The checks also showed he had an arrest warrant from the Miami-Dade Police Department.

A Miami-Dade police officer said their department will extradite the man to Miami. The man was turned over to the Cameron County Sheriff’s Office pending extradition for the warrant.

That same day, agents at the McAllen Station arrested a man who was walking in the brush near Peñitas. Upon questioning the man, agents determined he was a national of Mexico with no proper immigration documentation.

During a records check, agents discovered the man had a homicide warrant out of the Fort Worth Police Department. He was turned over to the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office to await extradition.

Early this morning, agents caught an illegal immigrant near Madero, Texas, who has a conviction for felony voluntary manslaughter in West Virginia. He will be prosecuted on an illegal entry charge.

–South Texas Tribune,

Stolen Urn Returned and CCPD Looking for Owner

CORPUS CHRISTI–An auto burglar who took a black box with an urn during an auto burglary returned it presumably so it could get back to its rightful owner.

The Corpus Christi Police Department Auto Theft Task Force is requesting the public’s assistance in locating the owner of a family member’s ashes.  The box containing the ashes was found by the chaplain at Texas A & M Corpus Christi and turned over to a local funeral home in the hopes of identifying them.

Anyone having any information regarding this crime or the owner of these ashes is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS or the Corpus Christi Police Department Auto Theft Task Force at 361-886-2874.

–South Texas Tribune,

CBP Officers in Pharr Catch Big Load of Cocaine

HIDALGO–Customs and Border Protection officers seized about 26 pounds of cocaine this weekend worth about $830,000 at the Hidalgo/Reynosa International Bridge.

CBP officers came in contact with a northbound 2006 Honda Civic sedan last Sunday.  After the initial inspection, the vehicle and its occupants were referred to secondary for further inspection. While in secondary, CBP officers seized 13 packages of cocaine discovered inside the vehicle. They seized the Honda Civic sedan.

A 19-year-old U.S. citizen from Pharr , Texas , and a passenger of the vehicle was transferred to the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement – Homeland Security Investigations.

Hector A. Mancha, CBP Port Director, Hidalgo/Pharr said, “Our frontline officers continue doing great enforcement work and so far in recent months they have seized several cocaine and methamphetamine drug loads.”  Hector Mancha. the CBP Port Director in Hidalgo/Pharr, “I commend our officers for their work in securing our nation’s borders and for preventing these types of contraband from entering our country.”

–South Texas Tribune,

Border Patrol in McAllen Seize Marijuana and Stolen Vehicles

MCALLEN–U.S. Border Patrol in McAllen seized more than 2,600 pounds of marijuana and recovered two stolen vehicles Monday.

The incident occurred when agents working in Peñitas saw two vehicles being driven south toward the Rio Grande. The vehicles stopped at the river for a few minutes before being driven north at a high rate of speed.

When more agents responded to the area, the two pickup trucks headed back south.  One of the trucks was abandoned at the river’s edge after becoming stuck in the sand. The driver of the other pickup lost control of the vehicle and immediately abandoned it.

Inside the pair of vehicles, agents found 186 bundles of marijuana worth more than $2 million.

Both vehicles were determined to have been stolen and will be turned over to the Mission Police Department. The marijuana will be turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations.

–South Texas Tribune,


CBP Officers Seize More Than $100,000 at Lower Valley Bridges

BROWNSVILLE–U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the intercepted two loads of narcotics at Lower Rio Grande Valley International Bridges worth about $120,000.

The first seizure was last Friday at Gateway International Bridge when a CBP officer sent at 21-year-old driver from Matamoros for a secondary inspection.

During that examination, CBP officers discovered hidden packages within the Dodge Grand Caravan. CBP officers removed a total of 29 packages from the vehicle with a combined total weight of about 60 pounds marijuana. It had a street value of nearly $60,000.

The second seizure occurred on February 13, 2001 at the Los Indios International Bridge when a CBP officer came in contact with a white 1989 Ford Ranger. The CBP officer referred the Ford, driven by man identified as a 20-year-old Mexico citizen who resides in Valle Hermoso, Tamaulipas , Mexico for a secondary examination.

While in secondary, officers discovered hidden packages within the Ranger. CBP officers removed a total of 39 packages of marijuana weighing 60 pounds from within the vehicle were removed from the car. The marijuana from this seizure has an estimated street value of about $60,000.

In both cases CBP officers seized the narcotics and the vehicles and turned the drivers over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI) special agents for further investigation.

“ Brownsville ’s CBP officers have stopped two alleged loads of narcotics from entering the country at our borders and I commend our officers for a job well done in these two seizures,” said Michael Freeman, CBP Port Director, Brownsville Port of Entry.

–South Texas Tribune,