Edinburg, Texas - Over the past four days, U.S. Border Patrol agents seized more than 6 tons of marijuana and arrested an illegal alien, who has a prior conviction for a sex crime.
One of the largest seizures occurred Friday near Escobares, Texas, when agents assigned to the Rio Grande City Station were working near the Rio Grande and saw several people carrying large bundles of marijuana. When the smugglers noticed the agents approaching, they dropped the bundles and fled into the surrounding brush - leaving behind nearly 900 pounds of marijuana.
In total, From Friday through Monday, agents seized more than 12,000 pounds of marijuana, with an estimated value of more than $9.6 million. It was turned over to the appropriate agencies for further investigation.
The sex offender, who is a national of Guatemala, was arrested Sunday near Madero, Texas, by agents assigned to the McAllen Station. The agents determined the man was in the United States illegally and took him to the station for processing. At the station agents learned the man had been convicted in California on a charge of a sex-related crime with a minor. He will be processed for removal to his country of origin.
To report suspicious activity, call the Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol Sector's toll-free telephone number at (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.