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Agents Seize More than 6 tons of Marijuana over Weekend

Release Date: 
March 13, 2013


Border Patrol Agents seize drugs hidden underneath a tarp on a vacant lot

Marijuana seized by Border Patrol Agents near Edinburg, TX

EDINGBURG, TEXAS—U.S. Border Patrol agents from the Rio Grande Valley Sector seized more than 6 tons of marijuana, with a value of more than $9.8 million, over the weekend.

The largest seizure occurred at the Falfurrias Checkpoint on Friday when a Border Patrol K-9 detected the presence of marijuana in a tractor-trailer during an immigration inspection. Upon further inspection, agents found more than 6,700 pounds of marijuana hidden inside the trailer. The driver of the tractor-trailer was arrested and turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations.

Another large seizure was made near Falcon Heights on Sunday by agents assigned to the Rio Grande City Station. The agents were responding to a report of suspicious activity when they found nearly 800 pounds of marijuana hidden under a plastic tarp on a vacant lot.

Several smaller seizures brought the total amount of marijuana seized from Friday through Sunday to more than 12,000 pounds.

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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February 9, 2017