EDINGBURG, TEXAS—U.S. Border Patrol agents from the Rio Grande Valley Sector continue to seize large quantities of marijuana - bringing in nearly 33,000 pounds over the past weekend.
More than 7,000 pounds of that was seized Sunday by agents assigned to the Rio Grande City Station and the Starr County Sheriff's Interdiction Unit at a ranch house north of Garciasville, Texas. The seizure occurred when agents observed suspicious activity in the area and followed a trail that led them to the house. As they approached the house they smelled a strong odor of marijuana coming from inside. Agents contacted the Interdiction Unit and a search warrant was obtained. Upon serving the warrant, law enforcement officers found more than 640 bundles of marijuana with an estimated value of more than $5.7 million inside the house.
Another large load of marijuana was taken off the streets Friday near Escobares, Texas. That night agents were working near the Rio Grande when they saw several people loading bundles of marijuana into a pickup truck. When the agents identified themselves, the smugglers fled into the thick brush - leaving behind more than 1,500 pounds of marijuana with an estimated value of more than $1.2 million.
Several additional seizures brought the total estimated value of marijuana seized from Friday through Sunday to more than $26.3 million. 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.
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.