RIO GRANDE CITY, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents from the Rio Grande Valley Sector confiscated more than $1.5 million worth of marijuana in three seizures early Friday morning.
The largest seizure occurred when agents spotted a pickup truck with bundles of marijuana in the bed being driven away from the Rio Grande at a high rate of speed. When the driver of the pickup spotted agents, he made an abrupt U-turn and headed back to the river. Agents found the vehicle abandoned at the river’s edge, along with more than 1,100 pounds of marijuana.
Additionally, earlier that morning, agents seized two smaller loads of marijuana in Garceno and Escobares, which brought the total amount seized to nearly 2,000 pounds.
The marijuana will be turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.
The Rio Grande Valley Sector is part of the Joint Task Force-West South Texas Corridor, which leverages federal, state and local resources to combat transnational criminal organizations. To report suspicious activity, call the 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.