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Border Patrol Seizes Nearly 3 Tons of Marijuana over Weekend

Release Date: 
March 14, 2011

Edinburg, Texas- U.S. Border Patrol agents from the Rio Grande Valley sector in southeast Texas seized nearly three tons of marijuana this past weekend.

The largest of the seizures occurred Friday near Escobares, Texas, when an agent saw tire tracks from an all-terrain vehicle and footprints leading into the brush. The agent followed the trail and found nearly 2,000 pounds of marijuana stashed throughout the brush. A freshly dug pit that was lined with plywood was also found in the area. A helicopter from CBP Office of Air and Marine was called in to help move the marijuana.

Helicopter hovers over bundles of marijuana.

A CBP helicopter was called to the scene of the seizure of 1,900 pounds of marijuana in southeast Texas.

Another seizure Sunday morning near Escobares netted nearly 1,000 pounds of marijuana after agents observed suspicious activity near an abandoned mobile home. Agents searched the area and detected a strong odor of marijuana emitting from the abandoned residence. Visible through a back window were several bundles of marijuana. Agents seized the marijuana, which has an estimated value of nearly $790,000, and apprehended a man who was found hiding in the trailer.

Additional incidents throughout the sector pushed the total value of marijuana seized to an estimated $4.6 million. The drugs and the man who was arrested will be turned over to other 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