The U.S. Border Patrol Rio Grande Valley Sector continues leading the nation in narcotics seizures.
This morning Border Patrol seized over 1,000 pounds of marijuana in the McAllen area during a single smuggling event.
The southwest Border Patrol accounts for more than 40 percent of marijuana and cocaine seizures.
The Rio Grande City station is the busiest in the nation. Officials say it’s an area often used by smugglers due to the lack of infrastructure and limited technology in the area..
Agent Marcelino Medina said, “These smugglers will utilize various methods to try to get their narcotics across. They’ll use rafts, they’ll carry the bundles on their back, and using make shift floatation devices. They’ve even ferried vehicles across loaded, that were previously loaded in Mexico, and drive those on the U.S. side.”
Agents say while they have seen a decrease in marijuana seizures between 2017 and 2018, they have seen an increase in cocaine seizures.
“Unfortunately, these transnational criminal organizations are still taking advantage of juveniles in the area. They are using them and exploiting them to carry out these smuggling events.” said Agent Medina.
The Rio Grande Valley Sector is working with local, state, and federal partners to ensure all cases are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Officials urge the community to report any suspicious activity to 9-1-1.