EDINGBURG, TEXAS—In a pair of drug seizures Thursday, U.S. Border Patrol agents from the Rio Grande Valley Sector confiscated more than 2,900 pounds of marijuana and arrested two suspected smugglers.
The larger of the two seizures occurred near Weslaco, Texas, when agents approached a pickup truck that was pulling a tanker trailer north away from the Rio Grande. The driver and passenger of the vehicle jumped out when they saw the agents approaching and attempted to flee, but were quickly apprehended by agents. Inside the pickup and tanker agents found more than 1,700 pounds of marijuana.
The second seizure was made near La Rosita, Texas, after agents observed several people carrying large bundles of marijuana north away from the river. When the smugglers saw the agents they dropped the bundles and fled into the thick brush - leaving behind nearly 1,200 pounds of marijuana.
The marijuana from the two seizures has an estimated value of more than $2.3 million. It was turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration, along with the two men who were arrested.
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.