EDINGBURG, TEXAS—U.S. Border Patrol agents from the Rio Grande Valley Sector seized more than 12,000 pounds of marijuana, more than 450 vials of animal steroids and arrested a convicted felon over the past four days.
Agents assigned to the Rio Grande City Station netted one of the largest loads Thursday near Garceño. The seizure occurred when agents were searching a brushy area and found nearly 1,400 pounds of marijuana hidden beneath plastic tarps. The marijuana has an estimated value of more than $1.1 million.
Rio Grande City agents made another significant seizure that same day when they followed fresh footprints into the brush near Garceño. The footprints led the agents to a large trash pile, where they found nearly 500 pounds of marijuana hidden among the garbage.
The animal steroids were seized Thursday when agents responded to a call of a possible group of illegal aliens near Fronton. When the agents arrived at the location, they found the steroids, which have an estimated value of more than $11,000, and saw several people running south toward the Rio Grande.
Additionally, agents arrested an illegal alien near Fronton, who has been convicted of voluntary manslaughter. The man, who is a national of Mexico, will be processed accordingly.
Additional, seizures from Monday through Thursday brought the total estimated value of marijuana confiscated to more than $10 million. The marijuana and animal steroids were turned over to the proper 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.