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2 Seizures Yield More Than $1 Million in Marijuana for McAllen Agents

Release Date: 
March 18, 2010

Hidalgo, Texas - U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the McAllen Station seized nine bundles of marijuana Wednesday near Hidalgo.

McAllen, Texas agents seized 623 pounds (9 bundles) of marijuana near Hidalgo on Wednesday, March 17.

McAllen, Texas agents seized 623 pounds (9 bundles) of marijuana near Hidalgo on Wednesday, March 17.

Agents on patrol along the Rio Grande observed a black Chevy Blazer by the river's edge that appeared to be abandoned. When they approached the vehicle to investigate further, agents noticed a group of men swimming south toward Mexico. Visible within the vehicle were three bundles. A subsequent search along the riverbank revealed six additional bundles. In total, 623 pounds of marijuana with a value of $498,400 were seized.

Combined with Tuesday's marijuana seizure of 682 pounds, the two day total is valued at more than $1 million and weighs more than one-half ton.

The Drug Enforcement Administration assumed custody of the narcotics.

To report suspicious activity, contact the Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol Sector's toll-free telephone number at 1-800-863-9382.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017