Drugs, guns and a sex offender off the streets

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U.S. Border Patrol agents from the Rio Grande City Station started the week by apprehending a sex offender attempting to illegally enter the United States, confiscating a loaded handgun and seizing over 1,500 lbs. of Marijuana.

On Monday afternoon, agents apprehended an adult male Salvadoran national near Rio Grande City, Texas.  During processing, record checks revealed that the subject had been arrested for a sexual offense by the Los Angeles Police Department in 1996. The subject’s prior order of removal will be reinstated.

On Wednesday, agents conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle and discovered the driver in possession of cocaine. As agents searched the vehicle, they also found a loaded handgun and two magazines.  

In a separate incident this afternoon, agents received information that several subjects were crossing the Rio Grande near Salineño with several bundles of narcotics. A pickup truck was seen loading the bundles and agents observed the vehicle stop at a residence where the narcotics were unloaded. Agents made the interdiction as the driver attempted a second trip to the river for additional bundles of narcotics.  At that point, the smuggler fled to Mexico. A total of 1,597 lbs of marijuana, worth about $1.2 million dollars was seized.  

The public is encouraged to take a stand against crime in their communities and to help save lives by reporting suspicious activity at 800-863-9382.

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