Edinburg, Texas - More than 10,000 pounds of marijuana were seized by U.S. Border Patrol agents from the Rio Grande Valley Sector in three separate events Thursday.
Agents assigned to the Falfurrias and McAllen stations continue to nab large narcotic loads. In two separate cases, two large seizures occurred at the Border Patrol Checkpoint south of Falfurrias, when K-9 teams alerted to the odor of illicit contraband coming from tractor-trailers. In total Falfurrias agents seized more than 9,000 pounds of marijuana from the two rigs. The third seizure totaled more than 1,000 pounds and was intercepted by McAllen Station agents from a vehicle leaving the Rio Grande.
The three seizures have a combined value of more than $8 million.
The pair of incidents at the Falfurrias Checkpoint have put the Rio Grande Valley Sector's marijuana seizures on pace to breaking the sector's record for the second consecutive year. Last year, in total, 848,334 pounds of marijuana were seized by the end of the fiscal year.
"The Rio Grande Valley sector's record breaking pace in marijuana seizures is indicative of the diligent manner in which agents work to ensure these dangerous drugs do not make it into our communities and into the hands of our children." Acting Chief Patrol Agent Ricardo E. Aguirre said.
To report suspicious activity, call the Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol Sector's toll-free telephone number at 1-800-863-9382.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.