The Border Patrol has been busy over the past few days. Between Saturday and Monday, officers with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement seized more than 750 pounds of marijuana worth more than $600,000 in the Rio Grande Valley, and more that $678,000 in heroin and methamphetamine at Arizona’s Port of Nogales.
On Saturday, Rio Grande City agents discovered five bundles of marijuana being loaded into a dark sedan near Garceño, Texas. The marijuana weighed over 290 pounds and is worth an estimated $233,000. Later that day, agents took two bundles of marijuana at a highly used smuggling route after the smugglers ran back across the border into Mexico. The marijuana weighed over 90 pounds and is worth an estimated $75,000.
On Monday, Rio Grande Valley Sector agents responded to a report that illegal aliens were being held against their will in a home in Alamos, Texas. The officers found 22 illegal aliens from El Salvadore, Honduras, Guatemala and Ecuador and seized a firearm, two ammunition magazines and a vehicle. There was no word on the number of arrests.
Rio Grande Valley Sector agents working in Hidalgo, Texas, found seven bundles of marijuana in a drain pipe. The drugs are worth an estimated $104,000. Later that day, agents observed nine people cross back into Mexico, and a search of the area yielded four more bundles of marijuana weighing 275 pounds and worth $220,000.
On Tuesday, a Brownsville agent reported that a caltrop was used to flatten the tire of his service vehicle. The homemade tire deflation devices are continuing to disable Border Patrol vehicles.
In Arizona, three Mexican nationals were arrested allegedly trying to smuggle $678,000 worth of heroin and meth hidden in their cars. The suspects were arrested and turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.