EDINBURG–Border Patrol Agents faced one big challenge after some vehicles were spiked during an attempted seizure of drugs, meanwhile over multiple seizures, they were able to find more than 10 tons of marijuana in a three-day period.
Agents saw a suspicious vehicle driving away from the Rio Grande on Tuesday near Havana, which is near La Joya. When they tried to catch them, spikes were deployed by the drug smugglers, disabling four vehicles.
A Customs and Border Protection Office of Air and Marine helicopter was called in to help and saw about 30 people retrieving bundles from the vehicle and taking them to Mexico via boats.
As the smugglers left the area they set the vehicle on fire. The La Joya Fire Department was called to the scene and extinguished the blaze.
The largest of the drug seizures happened Tuesday when agents received information from Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations about a ranch near El Sauz,, which is north of Rio Grande City in Starr COunty, that possibly contained a large cache of marijuana.
The agents went to the ranch and followed footprints into the brush. After following the trail for a short distance they found more than 6,000 pounds of marijuana.
After discovering the drugs, the agents heard a vehicle enter the ranch and saw two men approaching their location. The agents identified themselves to the men, at which time the pair fled. After a brief foot pursuit both men were apprehended.
The marijuana and the two men, who are Mexican citizens, were turned over to ICE-Homeland Security Investigations.
Between Monday and Wednesday, agents seized more than 20,000 pounds of marijuana with a value of more than $16.3 million.
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