Weslaco, Texas - Nearly $3.7 million worth of marijuana was confiscated by U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Weslaco Station in multiple seizures over a six-day span.
The largest seizure occurred Saturday south of Donna, Texas. Agents witnessed several people load a Chevrolet Suburban with bundles near the Rio Grande. Minutes later, the driver of the Suburban sped north and failed to yield to agents signaling for him to stop. The driver eventually stopped and was arrested. Inside the vehicle agents found 31 bundles of marijuana with a weight of more than 1,500 pounds and an estimated street value of more than $1.2 million.
Another large seizure occurred Wednesday near Weslaco when agents saw a Ford Expedition traveling south to the river. Agents attempted to stop the vehicle as it returned north, but the driver turned around and headed back south. The driver tried to launch the vehicle into the river but was unsuccessful. Agents found the vehicle near the river and saw several people swimming to Mexico. Inside the Expedition agents found more than 1,000 pounds of marijuana with an estimated street value of more than $830,000.
The Drug Enforcement Administration assumed custody of the narcotics and the arrested individual.
Overall agents in the Rio Grande Valley Sector seized nearly 13,000 pounds of drugs, with a value of more than $10.2 million, from Wednesday through Monday.
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.