U.S. Border Patrol agents from the Rio Grande Valley Sector seized more than $7.3 million worth of marijuana and rescued five people over the past four days, officials announced Monday.
Agents assigned to the Falfurrias Checkpoint said they rescued five men, who are nationals of Mexico, from a cargo trailer Saturday evening.
According to authorities, the men were found during an inspection at the checkpoint. Agents said the men were sweating profusely when they discovered them in the trailer, which had no ventilation and no means of escape. The illegal immigrants were offered medical assistance and will be processed for return to Mexico, officials said.
Earlier that day near Falfurrias, agents said the remains of an illegal immigrant were discovered on a ranch.
One of the largest marijuana seizures in the past week occurred Friday near Salineño when agents saw several people loading bundles of marijuana into a van on the banks of the Rio Grande, authorities said. As agents approached the vehicle, they said the smugglers fled and crossed the river into Mexico – leaving behind nearly 1,200 pounds of marijuana.
Agents assigned to the Rio Grande City Station said they made another large seizure near Garceno. The agents were working in the area when they saw a Toyota sport utility vehicle traveling north from the river. According to agents, when the driver of the vehicle spotted them, he made an abrupt turn and headed back toward the river. Near the river, the driver abandoned the vehicle and attempted to flee on foot, agents said. Next, the driver was arrested. Agents said they seized more than 1,100 pounds of marijuana.
According to authorities, several additional seizures pushed the total amount of marijuana confiscated from Thursday through Sunday to more than 9,100 pounds.
Agents assigned to the McAllen Station apprehended a mother and daughter near Mission Thursday. Authorities said they are both Russian nationals. During an interview, the daughter said she had been raped numerous times at a house in the United States while being held against her will, agents said. The pair said they had escaped the stash house and were fleeing from the smugglers, agents said.
To report suspicious activity, call the Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol Sector’s toll-free telephone number at 800-863-9382.