Edinburg, Texas - Nearly $1.5 million worth of marijuana was seized by U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Rio Grande Valley Sector in two separate incidents Saturday.
The largest seizure occurred when agents from the McAllen Station encountered suspicious activity near McAllen, and seized more than 1,100 pounds of marijuana and two vehicles. Two people were arrested in connection with the narcotics trafficking.
In the second incident agents from the Rio Grande City Station seized more than 700 pounds of marijuana on a trail near the Rio Grande.
The event took place at about 10 a.m. when agents conducting patrol operations near Escobares, encountered several men at the river's edge loading a minivan with bundles. As the agents approached, the men jumped in the river and swam to Mexico abandoning close to $600,000 in marijuana.
To report suspicious activity, contact 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.