Rio Grande Valley Agents Seize $1M in Cocaine on Public Bus

On Thursday afternoon, Border Patrol agents assigned to the Sarita checkpoint seized over 44 pounds of cocaine with an estimated value of $1.4 million.

A local commercial bus was referred to secondary inspection after a K-9 alerted to the vehicle. All passengers were removed to allow for further inspection.

The secondary inspection resulted in the discovery of 15 bundles, wrapped in black tape, concealed inside the toilet.

Passengers were allowed to re-board the bus and depart the checkpoint. No arrests have been made.

Agents remain vigilant and continue to work tirelessly to prevent illicit narcotics from reaching our communities.

Rio Grande City Station’s area of responsibility encompasses approximately 1,228 square miles of Starr County in deep-south Texas and encompasses 68 miles of international border from the Starr/Hidalgo County line to the Starr/Zapata County line.

Three international ports of entry, Rio Grande City (RGC), Roma (ROM) and Falcon (FAL), are located within the area of responsibility.

The Mexican cities of Ciudad Camargo, Miguel Aleman, Mier and Nuevo Guerrero, Tamaulipas, Mexico are located directly across the Rio Grande River from Rio Grande City, Roma, and Falcon Dam Ports of Entry.

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.