Border Patrol agents seize nearly $5.2 million worth of marijuana

Border Patrol Agency

POSTED: Friday, November 15, 2013 - 10:44pm

UPDATED: Saturday, November 16, 2013 - 9:57am

U.S. Border Patrol agents from the Rio Grande Valley Sector seized nearly $5.2 million worth of marijuana throughout the past week.

Agents made the largest seizure near Rio Grande City on Wednesday when personnel aboard a helicopter spotted a van driving away from the Rio Grande. Agents on the ground intercepted the vehicle and confiscated nearly 1,200 pounds of marijuana.

Another large bust was made near La Casita on Thursday. Agents working near the river saw several people loading bundles of marijuana into a Ford Expedition. As the agents approached, the smugglers fled into the brush — abandoning nearly 1,000 pounds of marijuana.

Several additional seizures brought the total amount of marijuana seized from Sunday through Thursday to nearly 6,500 pounds.

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