Las Milpas, Texas - U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Weslaco Station seized 859 pounds of marijuana Wednesday.
Yesterday at about noon, Weslaco bike patrol agents observed a suspicious blue-green minivan traveling north from the Rio Grande at a high rate of speed near the Pharr port of entry. The agents followed the vehicle to a Las Milpas residence where the driver bailed out and fled on foot. The passenger, a male Mexican national, was apprehended by the agents. An inspection of the vehicle revealed 20 bundles of marijuana in the cargo area of the van with a value of nearly $700,000.
The vehicle was seized and the Drug Enforcement Administration assumed custody of the narcotics.
To report suspicious activity, contact the Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol Sector's toll-free telephone number at 1-800-863-9382.
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.