Edinburg, Texas - U.S. Border Patrol agents from the Rio Grande Valley Sector rescued several people, who were in dire circumstances, and seized more than two tons of narcotics over the weekend.
Early Saturday morning, agents assigned to the Kingsville Border Patrol Station apprehended a group of illegal aliens in the brush. One of the subjects from the group told agents a companion who was traveling with the group had been left behind. A helicopter from the Office of Air and Marine and the Border Patrol Search, Trauma and Rescue Team were dispatched to assist in the search. The subject was found a short time later and taken to a nearby hospital for evaluation.
Later that evening agents assigned to the Falfurrias Station rescued a Honduran woman. While processing a group of illegal aliens at the station, a woman mentioned to agents that one of the members of the group had been left behind in the brush. With the assistance of a helicopter from the Office of Air and Marine, agents were able to locate the woman, who appeared to be suffering from injuries and dehydration. She was taken to a hospital for evaluation.
Additionally, agents seized more than two tons of narcotics over the past weekend. One of the most significant seizures occurred near La Joya, Texas, when agents assigned to the McAllen Station encountered a suspicious vehicle near the Rio Grande. As the driver noticed agents approaching, he made an abrupt turn and lost control of the vehicle, causing it to roll over. The agents also found another vehicle parked along the river with numerous bundles inside. A helicopter from the Office of Air and Martine notified agents that two rafts and a boat with approximately 20 subjects were fleeing into Mexico. A total of more than 2,000 pounds of marijuana were left behind with an estimated value of more than $1.6 million. The marijuana was turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration for investigation.
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.