Sulilvan City, Texas - U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Rio Grande City Station assisted the Drug Enforcement Administration in confiscating more than 3,500 pounds of marijuana today.
Agents were patrolling near Los Ebanos, Texas, when they noticed several people loading bundles of what appeared to be marijuana into a pickup truck. Agents called for air support from the Office of Air and Marine, which assisted in following the vehicle to a house in Sullivan City. As agents responded to the location they witnessed several people fleeing from the house.
Through a coordinated effort the Drug Enforcement Administration obtained a search warrant for the residence. The execution of the warrant resulted in the seizure of more than 300 packages of marijuana inside the house and the truck.
The marijuana was valued at more than $2.8 million and was turned over to DEA for further investigation.
"This combined effort between all three agencies shows our commitment and perseverance in stopping the flow of illegal narcotics into our communities," Acting Chief Patrol Agent Armando Mercado Jr. said. "Agents from the Rio Grande Valley Sector will do everything in their power to keep our borders safe."
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.