EDINBURG–More than $3.3 million worth of marijuana was confiscated by U.S. Border Patrol agents from the Rio Grande Valley in multiple seizures Tuesday.
The largest seizure occurred agents saw a green minivan near Weslaco near the Rio Grande. Once the vehicle reached the river’s edge, the agents saw several people carry bundles of marijuana out of the brush and load them into the van. After the vehicle was loaded it was driven north at a high rate of speed.
When agents tried to pull over the vehicle, the driver spun the van around and sped back to the river, where he abandoned the vehicle and swam to Mexico. When arriving at the scene, agents saw several people attempting to unload the vehicle and saw people in the river swimming with bundles toward Mexico. The agents also saw several people on the Mexican side of the river, one of whom had a rifle.
More than 1,300 pounds of marijuana, with a value of more than $1.7 million, were found in the area.
Another large seizure took place near Garceño, Texas, when agents saw several people carrying large bundles of marijuana. As agents got in place to arrest them, they noticed a vehicle approaching the area. When the agents approached the group, they dropped their bundles and fled into the brush.
Other agents, who were responding to the area, encountered the vehicle traveling south toward the river. As agents neared the vehicle, they noticed the driver throw a pistol out of the window.
Soon after throwing the gun from the window, the driver bailed out of the vehicle and fled into the brush. Agents followed the vehicle’s route on foot and found a .380 semi-automatic pistol in the grass.
More than 720 pounds of marijuana, with a value of more than $570,000, were seized at the scene.
The marijuana from Tuesday’s seizures was more than 4,200 pounds and will be turned over to various agencies for further investigation.
–South Texas Tribune, firstname.lastname@example.org