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Agents Seize More than 4 Tons of Marijuana in 4 Days

Release Date: 
November 22, 2011

Edinburg, Texas - U.S. Border Patrol agents from the Rio Grande Valley Sector confiscated more than $6.7 million worth of marijuana in multiple seizures over a four-day span.

Monday afternoon, Rio Grande City Border Patrol Agents seized close to 700 lbs of marijuana near Rio Grande City, Texas while patrolling the Rio Grande.  Agents noticed an abandoned white pickup truck backed up to the river.  Upon further inspection agents discovered multiple bundles in the bed and inside the cab.

Monday afternoon, Rio Grande City Border Patrol Agents seized close to 700 lbs of marijuana near Rio Grande City, Texas while patrolling the Rio Grande. Agents noticed an abandoned white pickup truck backed up to the river. Upon further inspection agents discovered multiple bundles in the bed and inside the cab.

More than $2 million worth of that was seized Friday by agents assigned to the Weslaco Station in three separate incidents, the most significant of which occurred that night when agents saw a suspicious vehicle traveling south toward the Rio Grande. Smugglers quickly loaded the vehicle with bundles of marijuana near the river's edge and then drove north with the vehicle's headlights turned off. The agents lost sight of the vehicle, but, as they were searching the area, they found an abandoned minivan loaded with more than 1,000 pounds of narcotics.

18 bundles of marijuana were seized Friday morning by Weslaco Station agents on patrol near San Juan after observing a green Dodge Caravan travel towards the Rio Grande and drive back north moments later.  Agents later found the van abandoned by the drug smugglers.

18 bundles of marijuana were seized Friday morning by Weslaco Station agents on patrol near San Juan after observing a green Dodge Caravan travel towards the Rio Grande and drive back north moments later. Agents later found the van abandoned by the drug smugglers.

An additional 900 pounds of marijuana were seized that same day near La Grulla, Texas, by agents assigned to the Rio Grande City Station. The agents made the seizure after finding 13 bundles of marijuana while following the fresh footprints of a group of people walking north away from the river.

Friday evening, Rio Grande City Border Patrol Agents seized more than 900 lbs near La Grulla, Texas after following foot tracks of numerous subjects walking north away from the Rio Grande River.  Agents followed the tracks which led them to several bundles of narcotics hidden in the thick brush.

Several additional seizures from Friday through Monday brought the total amount of marijuana seized to nearly 8,400 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.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017