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Border Patrol Agents Seize 5 Tons in 5 Days

Release Date: 
April 6, 2012

Edinburg, Texas - In multiple seizures over the past five days, U.S. Border Patrol agents from the Rio Grande Valley Sector seized an estimated $8.2 million worth of narcotics.

Border Patrol agents seized five tons of marijuana in five days.

Border Patrol agents seized five tons of marijuana in five days.

One of the most significant seizures occurred Tuesday near La Rosita, Texas, when agents assigned to the Rio Grande City Station observed several men loading a truck with bundles of marijuana. As agents approached, the driver of the truck attempted to abandon the load but he was quickly apprehended. Agents found nearly 1,000 pounds of marijuana inside the vehicle. The suspect and drugs were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Border Patrol agents seized five tons of marijuana in five days.

Border Patrol agents seized five tons of marijuana in five days.

Another notable seizure took place Tuesday near Roma, Texas. Agents on patrol encountered a traffic accident involving two vehicles. As agents approached to offer assistance, they observed bundles consistent with narcotics in one of the vehicles. The driver of that vehicle sped away when he saw the agents. After a brief search for the vehicle with the assistance of the Roma Police Department, the driver and more than 900 pounds of marijuana were caught near the Roma Cemetery.

Additional seizures throughout the area pushed the total amount of marijuana seized from Sunday through Thursday to more than 10,000 pounds. The narcotics was turned over to the appropriate agencies for further investigation

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

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Last modified: 
February 9, 2017