Weslaco, Texas - U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Weslaco Station seized 1,531 pounds of marijuana in Progreso, Texas, Thursday.
Agents patrolling in Progreso noticed a white van traveling away from the Rio Grande River. When the driver of the van saw the Border Patrol agents' vehicle, he made an abrupt U-turn and drove toward a nearby neighborhood. Agents followed the vehicle and found it abandoned on the side of the road. A search of the vehicle revealed 22 bundles of marijuana.
The Drug Enforcement Administration assumed custody of the marijuana, which is valued at $1,224,800.
To report suspicious activity, contact 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.