POSTED: Monday, March 4, 2013 - 10:00pm
UPDATED: Monday, March 4, 2013 - 10:04pm
EDINBURG, TEXAS (KVEO) — U.S. Border Patrol agents from the Rio Grande Valley Sector seized nearly $7.2 million worth of marijuana and saved a woman’s life over the weekend.
The woman, who is an illegal immigrant from Honduras, was rescued Friday by agents assigned to the Falfurrias Station. The woman was rescued after she was abandoned by a human smuggler and was able to activate a rescue beacon. Agents immediately responded to the beacon’s location and offered the woman medical attention.
The Border Patrol has eight rescue beacons located on ranchlands throughout Brooks and Kenedy counties. Once activated the beacons send out a distress signal that allows Border Patrol agents to locate the imperiled individual and provide first aid within minutes. Additionally, more than 900 numbered placards have been placed on windmills and other landmarks throughout the rugged ranchlands, such as gates and pipelines. The placards contain information immigrants can provide 9-1-1 dispatchers, so they can be swiftly located by agents.
The largest marijuana seizure occurred Friday evening when agents assigned to the Falfurrias Station found nearly 2,000 pounds of marijuana hidden in a tractor-trailer. The drugs were found after a Border Patrol K-9 alerted to the trailer during a primary inspection. Upon further inspection, agents found the marijuana hidden within a load of onions, avocados, grapefruits and limes.
Agents assigned to the Weslaco Station made another large seizure Friday after encountering a pair of smugglers on marijuana-laden all-terrain vehicles near the Rio Grande. As agents approached, the smugglers turned around and headed back to the riverbank. One of the smugglers abandoned his ATV on the river’s edge, while the other plunged his into the river. With the help of Border Patrol agents patrolling the river by boat, agents seized more than 1,200 pounds of marijuana.
Additional marijuana seizures from Friday through Sunday brought the three-day total to nearly 9,000 pounds.
To report suspicious activity, call the Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol Sector’s toll-free telephone number at 800-863-9382.