Rio Grande, Texas - U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Rio Grande City station confiscated nearly $1.1 million worth of marijuana in a pair of seizures Monday evening.
The largest seizure occurred near La Rosita, Texas, when agents patrolling spotted several people loading bundles of narcotics into a parked van near the Rio Grande. When the group saw the agents approaching they stopped what they were doing and fled into the nearby brush - leaving behind more than 900 pounds of marijuana.
Earlier that evening near Escobares, Texas, agents noticed a Pontiac Grand Prix picking up bundles of narcotics near the river. When the agents identified themselves, the drug smugglers immediately ran from the area. Inside the vehicle agents found more than 460 pounds of marijuana.
The marijuana in both cases was turned over to various 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.