Border agents rescue 15 immigrants and seize more than $4 million in marijuana

Border agents rescue 15 immigrants and seize more than $4 million in marijuana

POSTED: Wednesday, June 26, 2013 - 12:42pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, June 26, 2013 - 2:04pm

*In the original press release CBP reported 4 dead and a corrected press release was sent out stating 2 dead.*

Just five days into the summer, Border Patrol agents in the Valley rescued 15 immigrants, found the remains of 2 others and seized more than $4 million in marijuana.

Border agents, assigned in the Kingsville area, were flagged down by an undocumented immigrant who said his daughter had died in the brush in their attempt to pass the checkpoint.

In an other incident, agents found the remains of another immigrant after the victim's brother called agents at the Kingsville checkpoint that his brother was lost in the brush.

Agents in the McAllen sector rescued two illegal immigrants, a female and male, when both had become injured and lost in the brush area.

At the Falfurrias checkpoint on U.S. Highway 281 North rescued 13 illegal immigrants who were locked inside a trailer after a K-9 alerted the agents to the trailer.

In addition to the rescues, Border agents seized more than 5,000 pounds of marijuana in several unrelated incidents.

The largest happened on the banks of the Rio Grande River near La Rosita when agents came upon a group of smugglers loading bundles of marijuana into a Chevy Trailblazer. The smugglers took off running and left behind nearly 1,200 pounds of marijuana.

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