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McAllen Border Patrol Agents have Busy Morning

Release Date: 
March 19, 2010

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.

Border patrol agents from McAllen Station seize 1,027 pounds of marijuana in La Joya, Texas.

Border patrol agents from McAllen Station seize 1,027 pounds of marijuana in La Joya, Texas.

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.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017