Rio Grande Valley Sector Border Patrol Agents Seize More Than $3.2 Million Worth of Marijuana and Arrest Six Sex Offenders Within One Week

Border Patrol agents in the Rio Grande Valley Sector had a busy week in late April 2015. These agents confiscated more than two tons of marijuana worth over $3.2 million in multiple seizures within a five-day period.

One of the largest incidents occurred on April 23, 2015 when agents in Roma spotted smugglers loading bales of marijuana into a pickup truck. As these agents approached, the smugglers fled to Mexico leaving behind more than 460 pounds of marijuana. Several additional seizures that week brought the total confiscated to more than 4,000 pounds of this drug.

Additional successes from the same week included the interception of six sex offenders who were attempting to illegally enter the country. Agents arrested the men in multiple incidents. While they were being processed, agents discovered their rap sheet of convictions in states across the country, which included New York, Oregon, Texas, and Utah. The men had previously been convicted of felonies that included:

  • First degree sexual abuse
  • Criminal sexual conduct (fourth degree)
  • Unlawful sexual activity with a minor
  • Aggravated sexual assault of a child
  • Third degree rape
  • Sexual assault

In addition, Border Patrol agents arrested two members of MS-13. Under questioning, one El Salvadoran national admitted to being a member of the gang, while the other individual who was from Honduras was arrested trying to enter the country illegally near Hidalgo.

Agents in the Rio Grande Valley Sector patrol more than 17,000 square miles along the South Texas Corridor, with these kinds of arrests and seizures to showcase just how good they are at keeping drugs and criminals out of United States.