Edinburg, Texas - More than $14.2 million worth of marijuana was seized by U.S. Border Patrol agents from the Rio Grande Valley Sector over the past six days.
Agents assigned to the Rio Grande City Station seized one of the largest loads Monday evening - bringing in more than 1,100 pounds of marijuana. The seizure was made when agents patrolling the Rio Grande noticed several people loading large bundles into a sport utility vehicle. The vehicle sped away shortly thereafter and was later encountered by agents abandoned. The driver managed to evade arrest but left behind more than $900,000 worth of marijuana.
The marijuana was turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration for further investigation and the vehicle, which was reported stolen, was turned over to the Starr County Sheriff's Office.
In another significant seizure Wednesday near San Juan, Texas, agents assigned to the Weslaco Station attempted to stop a suspicious vehicle that was traveling away from the river. The smuggler made an abrupt U-turn and drove back to the river, where he abandoned the vehicle and fled to Mexico - leaving behind more than 700 pounds of marijuana.
Several additional seizures brought the total amount of marijuana seized from Friday through Wednesday to nearly 18,000 pounds. The drugs were turned over to the appropriate agencies for further investigation.
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.