U.S. Border Patrol agents rescue 15, find 2 dead

Agents also seize $4 million in marijuana over weekend


EDINBURG, Texas - U.S. Border Patrol agents recently saved the lives of 15 people, found the remains of two others and seized more than $4 million worth of marijuana.

A U.S. Border Patrol press release stated agents assigned to the Kingsville Station were flagged down by an undocumented immigrant near Sarita on Friday.

The man said his daughter died as a result of the heat as they were attempting to pass the checkpoint. Agents searched the brush and located her remains.

Agents found the remains of another man, an illegal immigrant from Honduras, after the man's brother called them on Saturday and reported that his brother was lost in the brush. Agents located the man, but, unfortunately, he had already died.

Meanwhile, agents assigned to the McAllen Station rescued two illegal immigrants in two separate incidents over the weekend.

One was due to a 9-1-1 call from a woman Sunday who was injured and lost in the brush, and the other a man who was injured and lost on Saturday. Both were taken to a hospital for medical treatment.

Finally, agents working at the Falfurrias Checkpoint on U.S. Highway 281 North saved the lives of 13 illegal immigrants who were locked inside a trailer Monday, the release stated.

The rescues occurred during an inspection after a Border Patrol K-9 alerted to the trailer.

In addition to the rescues, agents seized more than 5,000 pounds of marijuana in several unrelated incidents, the release stated.

The largest seizure occurred Monday on the banks of the Rio Grande river near La Rosita when agents approached a group of smugglers who were loading bundles of marijuana into a Chevrolet TrailBlazer.

When they saw the agents approaching, the smugglers abandoned nearly 1,200 pounds of marijuana and crossed the river into Mexico, the release stated.


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