U.S. Border Patrol issued the following press release on September 30, 2011:
Edinburg, Texas─ U.S. Border Patrol agents from the Rio Grande Valley Sector seized more than 1,100 pounds of marijuana and rescued four illegal aliens who were lost in the brush Thursday.
The marijuana was seized when agents assigned to the Weslaco Station saw a vehicle traveling north from the Rio Grande near Donna, Texas. As agents approached, the vehicle’s driver made an abrupt U-turn and headed back south and abandoned the vehicle near the river. Agents apprehended one of the men, but another smuggler fled to Mexico. Inside the vehicle the agents found the marijuana, which has an estimated value of nearly $950,000.
The Drug Enforcement Administration assumed custody of the marijuana and the arrested individual.
Agents assigned to the Kingsville Station rescued the four illegal aliens after they were contacted by the Kenedy County Sheriff’s Office in reference to a 9-1-1 distress call regarding a group of individuals who were lost in the brush. The agents, along with assistance from an Office of Air and Marine helicopter, were able to locate the group near Sarita, Texas. It was determined that the four individuals were nationals of Mexico illegally in the United States.
The illegal aliens appeared to be in good health and were offered, but declined, medical attention. They will be processed for return to Mexico.
To report suspicious activity, call the Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol Sector’s toll-free telephone number at (800) 863-9382.