McAllen, Texas - U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the McAllen Station seized nearly one ton of marijuana early this morning in two separate incidents.
In one of the incidents, agents on patrol along the Rio Grande observed a green Ford Astro van traveling north from the river south of Mission, Texas. When the driver saw agents approaching he made his way back to the river and abandoned 925 pounds of marijuana. The agents also saw several men swimming back to Mexico.
The second incident occurred when agents on patrol observed a dust cloud on a remote road in La Joya, Texas. Agents followed the dust cloud to the riverbank where they found an abandoned gray Chevy Tahoe containing 1,027 pounds of marijuana. Agents also observed several subjects on the Mexican side.
Combined, the two seizures are valued at more than $1.5 million and weigh close to one ton.
The Drug Enforcement Administration assumed custody of the narcotics.
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.