US authorities announced the securing of 331 kilograms of marijuana on the border with Mexico; a cargo that was inside a compact van, which drug traffickers had tried to bring into the country after crossing the Rio Bravo at the height of Brownsville, Texas.
The U.S. Department of Customs and Border Protection reported on what happened through its official website, in which it was announced that on Tuesday afternoon, March 22, agents of the agency secured 28 packages of marijuana, equivalent to USD 519,000.
According to information shared by authorities, a subject was caught crossing a Chevrolet Trailblazer van by boat on the Rio Bravo from Tamaulipas to Brownsville, Texas; inside the vehicle were about 293 kilograms of drugs.
After warning of the presence of border agents, a man crossing the vehicle fled the scene in the direction of Mexico, so he managed to escape from the authorities, who secured the van and the marijuana shipment.
A day before these events, on March 21, border surveillance personnel located two packages of marijuana that were abandoned near the Rio Bravo, which contained 37 kilograms of the narcotic and were confiscated by the US authorities.
On March 7, the Attorney General's Office (FGR) announced that, in coordination with members of the Ministry of National Defense (Sedena), it incinerated more than four tons of narcotics related to various previous investigations and investigation kits in Reynosa, Tamaulipas.
The burning included four tons 755 kilos 833 grams 500 milligrams of marijuana, eight grams 200 milligrams of methamphetamine, seven grams 100 milligrams of cocaine hydrochloride, seven grams of cocaine, as well as six units of cannabis sativa resin, FGR said.
“The ministerial proceedings carried out the Narcotics Destruction Program and the provisions of the National Code of Criminal Procedure, which establishes the destruction of insured drugs and objects that are instruments of crime,” he explained in a statement.
Narcotics were destroyed at the facilities of the Eighth Military Zone residing in Reynosa. The Federal Public Ministry (MPF) coordinated the identification event and carried out the measures of counting, weighing and incineration of narcotics. Military authorities, official experts and staff of the Internal Control Body (ICO), for their part, verified that the procedure will be carried out under the terms of the applicable standard.
On the other hand, on February 14, Special Forces of the Tamaulipas Police managed to secure 52 kilograms of cocaine in Reynosa, a cargo that was transported in the double bottom of a trailer and which was detected thanks to the help of a canine pair.
Through an operation, the Tamaulipas Special Operations Group (GOPES) detected the more than 50 kilograms of cocaine on board the trailer of a truck, which was apparently empty.
After being alerted by the canine pair to a probable presence of narcotics, the Gopes elements found a small gate at the front of the unit, which had been cut off the floor of the trailer.
When opening the hatch, which was attached to the remaining part of the trailer floor with glue, the security elements found several packages of a white powder with the characteristics of cocaine, which was later confirmed as the narcotic by personnel of the State Secretariat of Public Security (SSP).