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Agents Seize More Than $12 Million Worth of Marijuana

Release Date: 
May 10, 2012

Edinburg, Texas - U.S. Border Patrol agents from the Rio Grande Valley Sector confiscated more than $12 million worth of marijuana in multiple seizures over the past three days.

The group of smugglers fled to Mexico abandoning the pickup and nearly 1,900 pounds of marijuana.

Border Patrol agents working near La Casita Tuesday saw several people loading large bundles of marijuana into a pickup truck.

The largest seizure occurred early Tuesday morning near La Casita, when agents saw several people loading large bundles of marijuana into a pickup truck. As the agents approached, the group of smugglers fled to Mexico - abandoning the pickup and nearly 1,900 pounds of marijuana.

Another large seizure occurred later that evening near Garceno. Agents assigned to the Rio Grande City Station were patrolling the area when they saw an approaching pickup truck make an abrupt U-turn and head back south. Agents continued driving south and found the truck abandoned on the bank of the Rio Grande. Inside the vehicle agents found more than 1,000 pounds of marijuana.

Several additional seizures from Monday through Wednesday pushed the total amount of marijuana seized to more than 15,200 pounds. It was turned over to the appropriate agencies 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