Border Patrol Seizes More Than Two Tons in Starr County

RIO GRANDE CITY–U.S. Border Patrol agents seized more than 4,000 pounds of narcotics, with a value of more than $3.6 million in multiple seizures this past weekend around the Upper Rio Grande Valley.

One of the largest seizures occurred near Fronton, Texas when agents noticed several people throwing large bundles into the bed of a pickup truck near the Rio Grande.

After noticing Border Patrol agents, the driver of the truck sped away from the river. Agents called a helicopter from CBP Office of Air and Marine, which spotted the truck abandoned in a wooded area.

When agents on the ground caught up to the truck, they found it had collided with a tree and the driver was nowhere to be found.

Inside the truck agents found more than 1,400 pounds of marijuana, with a value of more than $1.1 million.

In another seizure, agents were patrolling near Escobares, Texas, when they observed several people carrying large bundles on their backs.

When the agents approached, the people in the group dropped what they were carrying and fled into the thick brush. The smugglers left behind more than 880 pounds of marijuana with a value of more than $700,000.

The marijuana was turned over to other agencies for further investigation.

–South Texas Tribune, southtexastribune@gmail.com

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