U.S. Border Patrol agents in the Rio Grande Valley seized nearly $6 million worth of marijuana and arrested two gang members as well as three convicted sex offenders over the weekend.
According to a U.S. Border Patrol press release, one of the largest marijuana seizures occurred Saturday morning after agents spotted a suspicious vehicle traveling north from the border.
Agents found the vehicle at a home and found nearly 1,400 pounds of marijuana and a stolen handgun at the residence. Agents arrested the driver of the vehicle and three illegal immigrants, the release stated.
Another large seizure occurred Sunday when agents spotted a pickup truck near the Rio Grande River. The driver saw agents approaching and made a U-turn back toward the river.
He then abandoned the truck and fled to Mexico. Agents seized more than 1,200 pounds of marijuana and officials said the pickup used in the smuggling attempt was reportedly stolen.
Numerous smaller seizures pushed the total amount of marijuana confiscated from Friday through Sunday to nearly 7,400 pounds, the release stated
Over the weekend agents also arrested two members of the Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13, street gang, one of whom had a rape conviction. Three other individuals who had convictions for sex crimes with minors were arrested.