Hidalgo, Texas - U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the McAllen Station seized nine bundles of marijuana Wednesday near Hidalgo.
Agents on patrol along the Rio Grande observed a black Chevy Blazer by the river's edge that appeared to be abandoned. When they approached the vehicle to investigate further, agents noticed a group of men swimming south toward Mexico. Visible within the vehicle were three bundles. A subsequent search along the riverbank revealed six additional bundles. In total, 623 pounds of marijuana with a value of $498,400 were seized.
Combined with Tuesday's marijuana seizure of 682 pounds, the two day total is valued at more than $1 million and weighs more than one-half ton.
The Drug Enforcement Administration assumed custody of the narcotics.
To report suspicious activity, contact the Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol Sector's toll-free telephone number at 1-800-863-9382.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.