Border Patrol agents seize about 453 pound of marijuana near La Grulla


When Border Patrol agents arrested a Rio Grande City man last week, he told them: “you don’t have to worry about me; you caught me fair and square,” according to the criminal complaint.

Agents arrested Martin Medeles, 53, of Rio Grande City on Thursday.

At about 7 a.m., agents watched a raft cross the Rio Grande near La Grulla, according to the criminal complaint. A second raft crossed the river at 8:15 a.m.

About 15 minutes later, a tan-colored SUV approached the area, according to the criminal complaint. After driving on a small road surrounded by brush, the SUV headed north toward Military Road.

Agents stopped the SUV and arrested Medeles, the driver.

They found 40 bundles of marijuana that weighed about 453 pounds in the SUV, according to the criminal complaint.

Border Patrol contacted the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, which sent agents to question Medeles about the marijuana.

“MEDELES indicated that he was going to get paid $1,000.00 to pick up a load of marijuana,” according to the criminal complaint against him. “MEDELES also stated that he was instruction to call for further instructions on where to deliver the marijuana.”

Court records don’t list an attorney for Medeles, who remains in federal custody and couldn’t be reached for comment.