EDINBURG–U.S. Border Patrol Agents in the Rio Grande Valley seized more than five tons of narcotics worth more than $8 million.
The largest seizures occurred Saturday evening when agents working in Starr County near La Casita saw several people load large bundles into a van near Rio Grande.
As the agents approached, the van tried to drive away. Agents set out a tire deflation device and disabled the vehicle, at which time the driver abandoned the vehicle and fled.
Inside the van, agents found close to 1,000 pounds of marijuana with a value of more than $790,000.
In another incident, agents were patrolling in Rio Grande City when they spotted several people walking away from the river with large bundles on their backs.
As agents identified themselves, the smugglers dropped their load and ran toward the river. Agents recovered close to 550 pounds of marijuana with a value of more than $425,000.
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