Records: Border Patrol agents catch San Juan man with 692 pounds of marijuana

Border Patrol agents arrested Hiram Garza Garcia, 36, of San Juan. (Photo courtesy of the Hidalgo County Sheriff's Office)

Border Patrol agents arrested a San Juan man on Friday, when they caught him with 692 pounds of marijuana, according to federal court records.

At 4:30 p.m. Friday, a Border Patrol agent conducting surveillance near Refugio heard "the sound of bundles being thrown on the ground" and voices nearby. The agent also witnessed movement near the Rio Grande.

Border Patrol started watching the area with an aerostat, which spotted several men attempting to cross the river with large bundles, according to the criminal complaint. After they crossed the river, a blue van arrived.

Agents approached the men, who ran back toward the Rio Grande, according to the criminal complaint. The blue van sped north.

Border Patrol seized eight bundles of marijuana, which weighed 692 pounds, according to the criminal complaint. Agents also stopped the van and arrested the driver, 36-year-old Hiram Garza Garcia of San Juan.

Garcia is charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana.

Court records don't list an attorney for Garcia, who remains in federal custody and couldn't be reached for comment.

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