Border Patrol Seizes $11.8 Million in Marijuana in Valley

EDINBURG–More than $11.8 million worth of drugs have been seized by U.S. Border Patrol agents from the Rio Grande Valley Sector in several  seizures since last Friday.

One of the largest seizures occurred near La Casita when agents saw several people on the Mexican side of the Rio Grande loading large bundles of marijuana into an aluminum boat.  Moments later, the agents saw a white truck drive down to the river, where the boat was waiting.

As the agents approached, the driver and the smugglers abandoned their load and jumped into the river to escape. While the agents were securing the contraband, they saw a second vehicle approaching, which they believe was coming to pick up the same load. Upon seeing the agents, the driver abandoned the vehicle and jumped into the river.

A helicopter from the Texas Department of Public Safety helped in the search for any remaining drug smugglers. More than 2,000 pounds of marijuana and two vehicles were seized.

In another seizure, agents were patrolling the river near Mission, Texas, when they spotted a suspicious minivan being driven toward the river.  Moments later, the agents saw several people leave the brush and attempt to load the minivan with large bundles.

As the agents closed in, the driver and the smugglers abandoned more than 1,000 pounds of marijuana and fled into the brush. The marijuana and the vehicle were seized.

More than 13,000 pounds of narcotics have been seized since Friday and were turned over to various agencies for further investigation.

–South Texas Tribune, for more stories in South Texas Tribune


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