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.
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.
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.
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.