U.S. Border Patrol agents in South Texas found the bodies of two illegal immigrants and seized more than $5.7 million worth of marijuana over the past four days, a press release stated.
Agents found the body of an illegal immigrant north of the levee near Mission, Texas on Friday after receiving an anonymous tip.
A Border Patrol press release stated the body of another illegal immigrant was found floating in the Rio Grande on Sunday south of McAllen.
Agents have discovered the remains of more than 70 illegal immigrants this fiscal year.
That number represents a 112 percent increase over the same time period last year, according to the press release.
The largest marijuana seizure for the weekend occurred in Falfurrias on Highway 281 North on Friday.
A Border Patrol K-9 detected illegal narcotics in a big rig during an inspection, and agents discovered nearly 3,000 pounds of marijuana hidden within the trailer.
Another large seizure was made Friday morning near Garciasville. The release stated agents working near the river spotted two rafts returning to Mexico.
They searched the area and discovered an abandoned pickup truck loaded with more than 1,200 pounds of marijuana valued at $976,000.
Additional seizures from Friday through Monday pushed the total amount of marijuana seized to more than 4 tons.