RIO GRANDE CITY–U.S. Border Patrol agents seized more than 2,300 pounds of marijuana and netted nearly 550 additional pounds over the last two days in Starr County.
The largest seizure occurred near Fronton when agents saw a Dodge pickup loaded with contraband traveling southeast across a field. They lost sight of the vehicle but followed its tire tracks through the brush, eventually finding it abandoned.
They discovered nearly 700 pounds of marijuana, with an estimated value of more than $540,000, were found in the pickup and on the ground.
In an another incident Tuesday morning near Escobares, agents seized nearly 600 pounds of marijuana after seeing several people loading bundles into a Ford Expedition on the banks of the Rio Grande.
The agents maneuvered through the thick brush to confront the smugglers on foot but as they got closer, the vehicle drove off to the north. Additional agents intercepted the vehicle, but the Expedition’s driver made a U-turn, sped back south and plunged the vehicle into the river. Inside the Expedition, agents found five large bundles of marijuana.
The marijuana from the multiple seizures is worth an estimated $2.3 million and was turned over to various agencies for further investigation.
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