Border Patrol agents seize $400K worth of marijuana in separate busts

Border Crime

EDINBURG, Texas (KVEO) — Border Patrol agents seized nearly $400,000 worth of drugs on Sunday, according to a news release.

Border Patrol agents from the Weslaco Station responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle that was traveling north of the Rio Grande near Donna, Texas.

When agents approached the parked Dodge Charger, the driver and passenger abandoned the vehicle and jumped into a nearby brush, the release said.

Credit: Customs and Border Protection

Agents arrested both men after agents discovered more than 141 pounds of marijuana, worth more than $112,000, inside the vehicle.

On Sunday night, agents staffing the Border Patrol checkpoint in Falfurrias found 87 pounds of marijuana in a false compartment in a car that was stopped for a secondary inspection. The drugs are worth more than $69,000, according to the news release.

A few hours later, agents from the Rio Grande City Station responded to a reported drug smuggling attempt. As the agents arrived, they witnessed drug smugglers abandon the drugs and run back towards the river.

Agents seized 234 pounds of marijuana worth more than $187,000. Officials say all the smugglers swam back to Mexico.

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