Drug smugglers drop marijuana in Rio Grande when confronted by Border Patrol in South Texas

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EL PASO, Texas (Border Report) – On three different occasions drug smugglers dropped bundles of drugs when confronted by Border Patrol agents in South Texas and ran back across the Rio Grande.

According to a Border Patrol news release, agents in the Rio Grande Valley Sector said they found more than 680 pounds of marijuana worth about $545,544 in the last week.

Last Thursday, agents at Fort Brown saw three suspects near Highway 4, who dropped bundles of marijuana and ran back to Mexico.

Also on that day, agents near Garceno, Texas collected several bundles and a small boat that was abandoned in the Rio Grande by eight people, who also fled to Mexico.

Courtesy of US Border Patrol

“While agents were retrieving the vessel, smugglers began to throw rocks at the agents from the Mexican bank of the Rio Grande,” the release said. “Agents defended themselves from the rock attacks by deploying less than lethal projectiles at the assailants. No injuries and no arrest were made.” 

Then on Friday morning, agents found a group of people hiding in the brush. They ran to Mexico as agents approached but left behind two marijuana bundles.

“Even with the spread of the COVID-19 virus, human smugglers continue to try these brazen attempts with zero regard for the lives they endanger nor to the health of the citizens of our great nation,” the release read. “The U.S. Border Patrol agents of the Rio Grande Valley Sector will continue to safeguard the nation and community against these criminal elements.”

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