Coast Guard seizes 216 lbs of marijuana near South Padre Island

Coast Guard Station South Padre Island crew members seize 216 pounds of marijuana Apr. 20, 2021, in South Padre Island, Texas. Station South Padre Island watchstanders observed four individuals swimming across the Brownsville Ship Channel with bales on their backs. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

Coast Guard Station South Padre Island crew members seized 216 pounds of marijuana Apr. 20, 2021, in South Padre Island, Texas. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — The Coast Guard seized 216 lbs of marijuana near South Padre Island, Texas, Tuesday morning.

Coast Guard Station South Padre Island watchstanders observed four individuals swimming across the Brownsville Ship Channel with bales on their backs at approximately 1 a.m.

A Coast Guard Station South Padre Island 33-foot Special Purpose Craft-Law Enforcement boat crew launched and intercepted the swimmers along with the bales.

The four swimmers and the bales were transported to Station South Padre Island where they were transferred to Homeland Security Investigations.

“We take tremendous pride in being a part of the Coast Guard’s efforts to combat the ongoing drug trafficking trade along the southern Texas border,” said Petty Officer 3rd Class Gilbert Ruedas, Station South Padre Island coxswain. “I’m extremely proud of the crew for their hard work and dedication in securing and protecting our nation’s borders.”


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