EDINGBURG, TEXAS—U.S. Border Patrol agents from the Rio Grande Valley Sector seized nearly $5.2 million worth of marijuana throughout the past week.
Agents made the largest seizure near Rio Grande City on Wednesday when personnel aboard a helicopter spotted a van driving away from the Rio Grande. Agents on the ground intercepted the vehicle and confiscated nearly 1,200 pounds of marijuana.
Another large bust was made near La Casita on Thursday. Agents working near the river saw several people loading bundles of marijuana into a Ford Expedition. As the agents approached, the smugglers fled into the brush — abandoning nearly 1,000 pounds of marijuana.
Several additional seizures brought the total amount of marijuana seized from Sunday through Thursday to nearly 6,500 pounds.
The Rio Grande Valley Sector is part of the South Texas Campaign, which leverages federal, state and local resources to combat transnational criminal organizations. To report suspicious activity, call the 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.