McAllen, Texas - In a thwarted smuggling attempt, McAllen Station Border Patrol agents confiscated more than $1.9 million worth of marijuana early this morning.
Agents working in Abram, Texas, saw three suspicious vehicles near the Rio Grande. Agents called for assistance from ATV units, boat patrol and a Customs and Border Protection Office of Air and Marine helicopter.
As the agents arrived on the river's edge the smugglers jumped in the water and swam to Mexico. Additionally, agents on boat patrol arrived in time to prevent the smugglers from taking a metal boat laden with marijuana back to Mexico.
In total, agents seized more than 2,400 pounds of marijuana from the vehicles and the boat. The three vehicles, one of which was reported stolen out of Pharr, and the metal boat were also seized. The stolen pickup truck was turned over to the Pharr Police Department, and the marijuana was turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.
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.