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Agents Net Nearly 4 Tons of Marijuana Over Memorial Day Weekend

Release Date: 
May 30, 2012

Edinburgh, Texas - CBP U.S. Border Patrol agents from the Rio Grande Valley Sector confiscated more than $6.3 million worth of marijuana in multiple seizures over Memorial Day weekend.

The largest seizure took place Friday evening near La Casitas, Texas, when agents saw a pickup truck being loaded with marijuana on the banks of the Rio Grande. Agents intercepted the vehicle as it traveled away from the river, however the driver jumped out and fled into the surrounding brush - abandoning more than 1,500 pounds of marijuana.

Agents made another large seizure that same day near La Casita after agents encountered a Chevy Tahoe traveling north away from the river. When the vehicle's driver saw agents approaching, he immediately made a U-turn. Agents found the Tahoe abandoned on the riverbank and saw two people swimming to Mexico. Inside the vehicle agents found more than 1,200 pounds of marijuana.

Several additional seizures brought the total amount of marijuana seized from Friday through Monday to nearly 8,000 pounds. It was turned over to the appropriate authorities for further investigation.

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

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Last modified: 
February 9, 2017