Edinburg, TX — U.S. Border Patrol agents from the Rio Grande Valley Sector confiscated nearly $8.5 million worth of marijuana in multiple seizures over the past weekend.
The largest seizure occurred Monday near Rio Grande City when Border Patrol agents and the Starr County High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas task force netted more than 1,400 pounds of marijuana. HIDTA investigators and Border Patrol agents were responding to a report of suspicious activity near the Rio Grande when the driver of a marijuana-laden pickup truck made an abrupt U-turn and headed back south. At the river’s edge, the driver abandoned the vehicle and swam to Mexico.
Another large seizure took place near Escobares on Sunday when an observer aboard an Office of Air and Marine helicopter spotted a raft make landfall on the U.S. side of the Rio Grande. Agents responded to the area and saw several smugglers carrying bundles of marijuana north. As the agents approached, the smugglers dropped their bundles and fled, leaving behind nearly 1,400 pounds of marijuana.
Several additional seizures from Friday through Monday pushed the total amount of marijuana confiscated to more than 10,600 pounds.