RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TX (KVEO NEWS CENTER 23) — This past week, U.S. Border Patrol agents from the Valley saved the lives of two men, seized more than $9.6 million worth of marijuana and took down a stash house harboring illegal immigrants.
One of the two immigrants saved by agents, on Wednesday, was near Falfurrias after the immigrant called 911 for medical assistance. Agents reported the man was suffering from hypothermia and he was transported to a hospital in Kingsville.
In the second case, on the same day, agents patrolling the Rio Grande river, near McAllen, rescued a man as he struggled to cross the river.
Throughout the week agents seized nearly 6 tons in marijuana with three of those seizures being over 1,000 pounds.
The largest seizure of marijuana occurred on Thursday at the Falfurrias check point. During an inspection, of a tractor-trailer, agents discovered several discrepancies and after further inspection of the truck officers found nearly 2,000 pounds of marijuana inside the trailer.
Agents made two more seizures, on the same day, one in McAllen when several smugglers near the river attempted to cross bundles of marijuana, but were spotted by agents. The men dropped the bundles and fled back into Mexico leaving behind more than 1,200 pounds.
The last seizure, in Rio Grande City, netted more than 1,000 pounds near Salineno on Wednesday.
Several more seizures from Sunday through Thursday brought the total amount of marijuana seized to more than 6 tons.
Agents arrested 51 illegal immigrants, to include two suspected human smugglers, during a raid on a stash house in Edinburg Friday morning. The arrested immigrants are from Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Ecuador and Honduras.