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700 Pounds of Marijuana Seized after Smuggler Rams Fence

Release Date: 
March 3, 2010

Penitas, Texas - U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the McAllen station seized 715 pounds of marijuana Tuesday evening from a red Chevrolet Tahoe just north of the Rio Grande.

Agents find 344 bundles on marijuana in a red SUV.

Agents on patrol near Abram observed a suspicious sport utility vehicle leaving an access area to the Rio Grande River operating at a high rate of speed. As agents closed in on the vehicle, it made an abrupt U-turn in an attempted to return south when the driver slammed into a residential fence at an intersection near Peñitas. The driver was subsequently apprehended and placed under arrest when 344 bundles of marijuana were discovered within the vehicle.

The marijuana is valued at $572,000 and the Drug Enforcement Administration assumed custody of the driver and 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