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Agents in Southeast Texas Seize $13.5 Million Worth of Marijuana Over 2 Days

Release Date: 
March 17, 2011

Edinburg, Texas - U.S. Border Patrol agents confiscated nearly 17,000 pounds of marijuana over the past two days in multiple seizures throughout the Rio Grande Valley area of southeast Texas.

Agent removes bundles of marijuana from partially submerged car.

Nearly 500 pounds of marijuana were seized by U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Brownsville Station after a smuggler plunged his vehicle into the river Wednesday. The seizure was one of many that netted more than 17,000 pounds of marijuana throughout the Rio Grande Valley Sector during the past two days.

Agents assigned to the Falfurrias checkpoint netted the largest amount Wednesday evening when a man attempted to drive a narcotics-laden tractor-trailer through the checkpoint. While an agent was conducting an immigration inspection on the driver, a canine team detected the odor of marijuana coming from the trailer.

Tractor-trailer with four tons of marijuana bundles.

Agents assigned to the Falfurrias, Texas Border Patrol checkpoint netted more than 8,000 pounds of marijuana when a man attempted to drive a narcotics-laden tractor-trailer through the checkpoint Wednesday.

The agents conducted an extensive search of the vehicle and found more than 8,000 pounds of marijuana hidden within a load of limes.

The driver was arrested and will be turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration along with the marijuana, which has an estimated value of more than $6.4 million.

Several more seizures throughout the sector netted nearly 9,000 additional pounds of marijuana and pushed the two-day total to more than $13.5 million.

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

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017