WESLACO–Border Patrol agents working in the Rio Grande Valley on boat patrol interrupted a large narcotics smuggling operation and seized more than a 1,000 pounds of marijuana.
Agents said they were working on the Rio Grande south of Donna when they notices some people swimming across the river into Mexico.Authorities discovered a roped tied to a tree stump that was strung across the river. They followed the rope to a 20-foot long Jon boat, an inflatable raft and inner tube on the riverbank.
In the dense brush, agents found 10 heavy bundles of marijuana, weighing more than a 1,000 pounds. The marijuana is worth $850,000 in street value.
“The use of the rope by smugglers to ferry marijuana across the river is an example of the ever-changing methods they employ to bring contraband into the country,” said Acting Chief Patrol Agent Armando Mercado Jr.
The smugglers got away, but authorities were happy they would disrupt this smuggling attempt. The drugs were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.
–Manuel De La Rosa, South Texas Tribune, firstname.lastname@example.org
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