EDINBURG - U.S. Border Patrol agents from the Rio Grande Valley Sector confiscated more than 3 tons of marijuana, with an estimated value of more than $5 million, in multiple seizures this past weekend.
One of the largest loads was seized Saturday near Donna when agents assigned to the Weslaco Station saw a vehicle traveling north from the Rio Grande at a high rate of speed. Upon seeing the approaching agents, the smuggler made an abrupt U-turn and drove back south, where he abandoned the vehicle near the river and fled to Mexico. Inside the vehicle agents found more than 1,200 pounds of marijuana.
In another large seizure Monday, agents assigned to the Rio Grande City Station netted more than 1,300 pounds of marijuana near Salineņo, Texas. The marijuana was seized when agents approached a group of smugglers loading bundles into a pickup truck near the river's edge. As the agents identified themselves, the smugglers fled into the surrounding brush, leaving behind the marijuana, which has an estimated value of more than $1 million.
Several additional seizures pushed the total amount of marijuana seized from Friday through Monday to more than 6,300 pounds. It was turned over to the appropriate agencies for further investigation.