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Texas border agents say they encountered a 4-year-old boy early Tuesday morning among a group of suspected illegal immigrants smuggling marijuana into the United States
The value of the seized marijuana was later determined to be more than $93,000, according to a press release from US Customs and Border Protection (CBP).
After midnight Tuesday, Rio Grande Valley Sector (RGV) Border Patrol agents and Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) soldiers spotted a group of more than a dozen people crossing the border. Mexican-American near Roma, Texas.
CBP said some people in the group were carrying packages of what officers suspected to be marijuana. Officers saw several people loaded into a Ford Expedition in an area often used to pick up illegal immigrants and drugs.
Officers approached the vehicle and all occupants fled into brush, CBP said. Officers found two packages of marijuana weighing approximately 116 pounds, worth over $93,000.
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Thirteen illegal immigrants were apprehended. The driver has not been located, CBP said. Among the apprehended group was a four-year-old boy with his mother from Guatemala. Other immigrants came from Mexico, Central America and the Dominican Republic.
It was unclear what relationship, if any, the boy and his mother had with the other illegal immigrants. Fox News has contacted CBP for more details.
The encounter comes as Texas anticipates a wave of illegal border crossings in anticipation of President Biden’s rescinding of Title 42, a Trump-era health care policy used to rapidly deport illegal immigrants due to the coronavirus pandemic. COVID-19.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott has beefed up border security by increasing border truck inspections and has begun busing illegal immigrants to Washington, DC, calling it a message to President Biden.
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“If he doesn’t come to the border, we’re going to take the border from him,” Abbott said.