EDINBURG, Texas — Less than three days into a new month, U.S. Border Patrol agents have already seized more than 2,400 pounds of marijuana from smuggling attempts at the border.
On Saturday morning, Rio Grande City agents responded to the report of a narcotic smuggling attempt near La Grulla, Texas. The agents searched along the Rio Grande for any evidence of an illegal entry, according to Customs and Border Protection. While patrolling, agents located an abandoned motorized scooter pulling a garden trailer loaded with 20 bundles of marijuana. The marijuana weighed 230 pounds, worth an estimated $183,000.
Later that afternoon, McAllen agents working near Mission, Texas, observed a white pickup traveling toward a rural area south of the levee. Agents later saw the same pickup speed away from the area with bundles of marijuana in the bed. Mobile units responded and tried to conduct a traffic stop, but the driver took off and a pursuit ensued, CBP said in a release. The chase ended when the driver returned to the river and abandoned the vehicle. Agents saw the driver swim back to Mexico empty handed. Inside the vehicle, agents seized over 770 pounds of marijuana, worth an estimated $619,000.
By the end of the day Sunday, CBP said agents had disrupted 11 narcotic smuggling attempts, resulting in the seizure of over 2,400 pounds of marijuana.