Rio Grande City, Texas - Agents assigned to the Rio Grande City Border Patrol Station had a busy weekend seizing not only marijuana but an Amazon Parrot as well.
The agents found the bird Friday evening when they were working near the Rio Grande and saw several people walking north from the river. When the agents identified themselves, the group scattered and fled into the thick brush. Agents apprehended several people and encountered an abandoned black trash bag. Further inspection of the abandoned bag revealed a bird hidden in a beer box.
The bird was taken to the Roma Port of Entry and turned over to Customs and Border Protection's Office of Field Operations. The parrot has an estimated value of more than $200.
Later that evening, agents were patrolling near Escoabres, Texas when they observed several people loading a white truck with bundles of narcotics onto the bed. As agents approached, the people ran into the nearby brush. Inside the truck was close to 1,300 pounds of marijuana left behind with an estimated value of more than $1 million. The drugs were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration for further investigation.
Additional seizures in the Rio Grande City Station pushed the total confiscated to close to 3,000 pounds of marijuana with an estimated value of nearly $2.4 million for the weekend.
To report suspicious activity, call the Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol Sector's toll-free telephone number at (800) 863-9382.