Edinburg, Texas - Nearly $12.5 million worth of marijuana was seized by U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Rio Grande Valley Sector over a six-day span that began last Friday and ended Wednesday.
In multiple, unrelated incidents that occurred throughout the sector, agents confiscated nearly 8 tons of marijuana. One of the most significant seizures occurred Tuesday evening when an agent working in La Casita, Texas, saw several people loading bundles of marijuana into a pickup truck. Once it was loaded, the truck was driven north away from the Rio Grande at a high rate of speed. The agent used a controlled tire deflation device and disabled the vehicle, at which time the driver jumped out and fled. A Texas Department of Public Safety helicopter assisted agents in searching for the driver.
More than 1,300 pounds of marijuana were found inside the vehicle. The narcotics were turned over to the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area task force for further investigation.
Another noteworthy seizure occurred Wednesday near Sullivan City when agents assigned to the Rio Grande City Station attempted to pull over a Chevy Blazer they had observed driving away from the river at a high rate of speed. As the agents pulled up behind the vehicle, the driver abruptly swerved to the side of the road, jumped out and fled into the nearby brush.
A helicopter from Customs and Border Protection's Office of Air and Marine responded to the area to assist agents in locating the driver.
Nearly 550 pounds of marijuana were found in the Blazer and were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.
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.