EDINBURG - U.S. Border Patrol agents from the Rio Grande Valley Sector confiscated more than 12,000 pounds of marijuana within the first week of August.

One of the largest seizures was made Sunday near Escobares, Texas, when agents assigned to the Rio Grande City Station observed several people loading large bundles into a minivan. When agents approached the vehicle, the smugglers fled into the thick brush. Inside the minivan agents found nearly 950 pounds of marijuana.

Another large seizure occurred Aug. 1 near Escobares when agents saw several people walking north from the Rio Grande carrying large bundles of marijuana. Upon observing the agents, the smugglers dropped their bundles and fled into Mexico, leaving behind more than 900 pounds of marijuana.

Additional events throughout the sector pushed the total estimated value of marijuana seized from Aug. 1-7 to more than $9.8 million.