Edinburg, Texas - U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Rio Grande Valley sector seized more than 7,000 pounds of marijuana in unrelated events and rescued two adult males during the Memorial Day holiday weekend.
Beginning Saturday, agents seized more than 3.5 tons of marijuana. The multiple seizures spanned across the Rio Grande Valley from Rio Grande City to Weslaco and north to the Falfurrias Border Patrol checkpoint and had a cumulative value of more than $5.6 million.
In conjunction with performing enforcement efforts throughout the Rio Grande Valley sector, agents were saving lives as well. Agents assigned to the Falfurrias Border Patrol station rescued two illegal aliens from Mexico when they activated a rescue beacon.
The men became distressed while trekking through the brush to circumvent the checkpoint and had to trigger the device for assistance. Responding agents located the subjects at a ranch near Falfurrias, Texas.
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.