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Border Patrol Agents in Texas Net Nearly $1.5 Million in Marijuana

Release Date: 
September 14, 2010

Edinburg, Texas - Nearly $1.5 million worth of marijuana was seized by U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Rio Grande Valley Sector in two separate incidents Saturday.

Agents carry bundles of marijuana from dense brush near the Texas border.

Border Patrol agents in south Texas seized two large shipments of marijuana worth $1.5 million.

The largest seizure occurred when agents from the McAllen Station encountered suspicious activity near McAllen, and seized more than 1,100 pounds of marijuana and two vehicles. Two people were arrested in connection with the narcotics trafficking.

In the second incident agents from the Rio Grande City Station seized more than 700 pounds of marijuana on a trail near the Rio Grande.

The event took place at about 10 a.m. when agents conducting patrol operations near Escobares, encountered several men at the river's edge loading a minivan with bundles. As the agents approached, the men jumped in the river and swam to Mexico abandoning close to $600,000 in marijuana.

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

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017