McAllen, Texas - National Guard soldiers stationed in the Rio Grande Valley helped U.S. Border Patrol agents seize close to 500 pounds of marijuana late Thursday evening.
The National Guard troops were manning night vision equipment south of McAllen when they observed a group of men carrying bundles making their way into the city. The guardsmen immediately alerted Border Patrol agents of the sighting.
When responding, agents encountered the group of men near 23rd Street. The men dropped their cargo and scattered, and the agents seized 10 bundles of marijuana with a total value of close to $400,000.
"We look forward to working with the National Guard and this seizure is a good example of how the extra eyes and ears yield results," said Acting Chief Patrol Agent Ricardo E. Aguirre.
To report suspicious activity, call 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.