AUSTIN (KXAN) — U.S. Border Patrol agents stopped 12 smuggling operations and seized nearly two tons of marijuana worth over $1.5 million during a weekend crackdown, officials with Customs and Border Patrol wrote in a press release Monday.
On Friday, agents working near Mission, Texas, saw “smugglers utilize a raft filled with bundles of marijuana cross the Rio Grande,” officials wrote. On the Texas side of the river, they loaded up a Ford F-150 pick up truck with the pot.
“As mobile units responded to the area, the vehicle fled at a high rate of speed,” officials wrote. When agents stopped the truck, the driver abandoned the drugs and returned to the river to flee to Mexico. Agents found 945 pounds of pot worth about $756,000.
That same day, agents near Roma, Texas, saw several people carrying bundles of drugs north of the Rio Grande. Agents intervened and the smugglers fled back to Mexico, officials say. During this bust, agents seized 160 pounds of marijuana worth about $130,000.
Officials urge the public to report crime in their neighborhoods by calling (800) 863-9382.