More than 3 tons of marijuana were confiscated by U.S. Border Patrol agents in the Rio Grande Valley Sector in multiple seizures over the past weekend.
The largest bust occurred near Garciasville on Sunday when agents found a pickup truck full of marijuana near the Rio Grande.
Agents searched the area, but did not find the smugglers. However, inside the vehicle they found nearly 1,500 pounds of marijuana.
Another large seizure occurred in Garceno on Saturday when agents saw a marijuana-laden Chevrolet Suburban driving north away from the river. When the driver of the Suburban noticed the agents approaching, he abruptly made a U-turn and drove south toward the river, where he abandoned the vehicle and fled to Mexico, leaving behind nearly 1,200 pounds of marijuana.
Additional seizures brought the total amount of marijuana confiscated from Friday through Sunday to more than 6,400 pounds, with an estimated value of more than $6.4 million.
The Rio Grande Valley Sector is part of the South Texas Campaign, which leverages federal, state and local resources to combat transnational criminal organizations.
To report suspicious activity, call the sector’s toll-free telephone number at 800-863-9382.