Border Patrol seizes $2M worth of marijuana

HARLINGEN — Border Patrol agents seized more than $2 million in marijuana after a pursuit of a vehicle that led to the Rio Grande.

On Thursday, agents assigned to the Harlingen Border Patrol station received a report of several subjects loading bundles of narcotics into a vehicle near Los Indios.

Responding agents located the vehicle, a Chevrolet pick-up, driving along the highway and attempted to conduct a traffic stop.

The driver refused to stop and a pursuit ensued. The pursuit ended at the Rio Grande where the driver and passenger abandoned the vehicle and the narcotics and fled to Mexico.

Inside the pickup, agents discovered 41 bundles of marijuana weighing more than 2,700 pounds and worth an estimated $2.2M.

The vehicle was seized and the marijuana was turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

The public is encouraged to take a stand against crime in their communities and to help save lives by reporting suspicious activity at 800-863-9382.