Edinburg, Texas (KVEO) — U.S. Border Patrol agents in the Rio Grande Valley seized more than $3 million worth of drugs on three smuggling attempts, according to a news release.
Officials say agents working near La Casita, Texas, saw a truck speed away from the Rio Grande on Thursday. Agents caught up, but the driver led agents on a foot pursuit before being taken into custody. Agents discovered more than 70 pounds of methamphetamine in the vehicle. Agents say the drugs are worth an estimated $2.3 million.
Moments later, agents responded to a residence in Falcon Heights after receiving information of suspected drug smuggling.
Agents arrived saw several individuals removing bundles of suspected narcotics from a truck. The men abandoned the bundles when they saw the agents and ran into the nearby brush.
Agents then seized 67 bundles of marijuana weighing over 730 pounds, worth an estimated $585,000, according to the release.
A short while later, agents from the Fort Brown Station responded to a 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 then seized more than 73 pounds of marijuana, worth nearly $59,000, reads the release.