Border Patrol seizes more than 2,000 pounds of marijuana over weekend

Drugs believed to be worth about $1.6 million

By Michelle Ganley - Graham Media Group
U.S. Border Patrol

RIO GRANDE CITY, Texas - U.S. Border Patrol agents collected $1.6 million worth of marijuana in two drug busts over the weekend, officials said Monday.

In turn, the agents prevented more than 2,000 pounds of marijuana from entering the United States.

U.S. Border Patrol

On Sunday, agents working near Rio Grande City said they spotted a pickup truck speeding away from the river. When officials went out to investigate, the driver sped back south and drove into the river, according to a news release from U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

The agents who caught up with the truck found the vehicle partially submerged, but they were able to seize 79 bundles weighing 1,350 pounds from the bed of the truck, officials said.

The next incident took place several hours later, when agents patrolling near Los Arrieros saw some suspicious footprints leading into a brushy area.

U.S. Border Patrol

Agents followed the footprints and found 36 bundles of marijuana, weighing 798 pounds, abandoned in the brush, the news release said.

The two events resulted in 2,148 pounds of marijuana seized, investigators said. Officials haven’t yet made any arrests.

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