Tonight... 700-plus pounds of cocaine...off the streets.
Millions of dollars-- not in cartel pockets.
Channel five's angelo vargas and photographer jonathan camacho caught border patrol agents in action.
It was not what we'd planned for the day.
A discussion about river rescues turned into a cocaine seizure worth more than 22 million dollars.
00:00:05:04 microphone,spee d on highway and then agents pulling utv out of river..
Border patrol agents pulling an off road vehcile from the river.
It was the vehicle meant for getting the coke from the river to the roads in starr county.
<04:50:17:15> "this is fresh out of the water.
We just pulled it out of the river."
Patrol agent in charge of rio grande city station hector escamilla explains this is a significant and dangerous seizure.
"this is a very valuable narcotic and it's hard to come by because it very well guarded.
Its very well protected when loads come across."
Picture agents also siezed radios, cameras, cell phones and caltrops, considered to be weapons.
"spikes that they used to throw at us, during a pursuit or whenever we initiate a vehicle stop.
We spoke to the acting chief of the rio grande valley sector of border patrol.
"so far today we've apprehended over 450 people, we've seize over 300 pounds of marijuana we've apprehend of a group of 131 out in our western flanks as close to falcon lakes as you can possible get."
Acting chief raul ortiz explains this is the largest siezure agents have had this fiscal year.
"this is was inbetween a port of entry where we have no infrastructure, very little technology but we dont have boots on the ground."
Ortiz says the rio grande city area of responsibilty leads the nation in narcotic seizures.
It's a very active area.
"we see an awful lot of gun battles south of us between mexican forces, the government of mexico and the cartels."
Ortiz explains now their efforts will turn to the investigation ... ortiz explains they do not have anyone in custody at this time.
They start the work to find out who the drugs belonged to.
In the channel five news studio, angelo vargas, channel five news at