Edinburg, TX - U.S. Border Patrol agents from the Rio Grande Valley Sector's Kingsville Station seized more than two tons of marijuana on September 19, while McAllen Station agents arrested a man who previously served time for murder.
The marijuana was seized when a man attempted to drive a marijuana-laden tractor-trailer through the Sarita Checkpoint on U.S. Highway 77. The man was referred to the secondary inspection area, where agents found more than 4,500 pounds of marijuana, with an estimated value of more than $3.6 million, hidden inside the trailer.
The driver was arrested and turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations, along with the marijuana.
The convicted murderer was arrested, when agents assigned to the McAllen Station apprehended a group of 15 illegal aliens near Mission, Texas. While processing the group at the station, agents discovered one of the illegal aliens had a murder conviction out of Minnesota.
The group of illegal aliens consisted of three Mexican nationals and 12 nationals of El Salvador. All will be processed for return to their countries of origin. The convicted murderer will be presented before a U.S. Federal Magistrate for illegal entry into the United States.
To report suspicious activity, call the Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol Sector 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.