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Agents Average of $3.7 Million in Narcotics Seized Per Day for 10 Days in Texas

Release Date: 
January 19, 2010

Edinburg, Texas - U.S. Border Patrol agents of the Rio Grande Valley Sector kept busy over the past ten days with marijuana and cocaine seizures worth more than $37 million.

Agents in Weslaco, Texas seized 2,273 pounds of marijuana from a van intentionally submerged in the Rio Grande River by smugglers on January 15.

Agents in Weslaco, Texas seized 2,273 pounds of marijuana from a van intentionally submerged in the Rio Grande River by smugglers on January 15.

Beginning Friday, January 8 and ending January 18 agents made multiple seizures of marijuana and cocaine valued at more than $37 million, an average of more than $3.7 million a day. The seizures spanned across the Rio Grande Valley from Brownsville to Rio Grande City and north to the Falfurrias and Kingsville Border Patrol Checkpoints.

The U.S. Border Patrol in the Rio Grande Valley Sector experienced a significant increase in marijuana seizures compared to the same time frame in 2009. Cocaine seizures also showed an increase adding to the total value of the narcotics.

All narcotics were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration for further investigation.

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