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Agents Seize More than Two Tons of Marijuana and Arrest Violent Felon

Release Date: 
September 20, 2011

Edinburg, TX - U.S. Border Patrol agents from the Rio Grande Valley Sector's Kingsville Station seized more than two tons of marijuana on September 19, while McAllen Station agents arrested a man who previously served time for murder.

The marijuana was seized when a man attempted to drive a marijuana-laden tractor-trailer through the Sarita Checkpoint on U.S. Highway 77. The man was referred to the secondary inspection area, where agents found more than 4,500 pounds of marijuana, with an estimated value of more than $3.6 million, hidden inside the trailer.

The driver was arrested and turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations, along with the marijuana.

The convicted murderer was arrested, when agents assigned to the McAllen Station apprehended a group of 15 illegal aliens near Mission, Texas. While processing the group at the station, agents discovered one of the illegal aliens had a murder conviction out of Minnesota.

U.S. Border Patrol agents intercepted this tractor-trailer container stacked with 4,500 pounds of marijuana before it could reach our nation's communities.

U.S. Border Patrol agents intercepted this tractor-trailer container stacked with 4,500 pounds of marijuana before it could reach our nation's communities.

The group of illegal aliens consisted of three Mexican nationals and 12 nationals of El Salvador. All will be processed for return to their countries of origin. The convicted murderer will be presented before a U.S. Federal Magistrate for illegal entry into the United States.

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

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017