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CBP U.S. Border Patrol Seizes More than 3 Tons of Marijuana

Release Date: 
September 6, 2011

Edinburg, Texas - U.S. Border Patrol agents from the Rio Grande Valley Sector seized nearly 7,000 pounds of marijuana over the past Labor Day weekend.

Border Patrol agents seize more than 1,600 lbs of marijuana.

On September 1, 2011, Rio Grande City Border Patrol agents seized more than 1,600 lbs of marijuana near La Rosita, Texas after spotting several subjects cross the Rio Grande River carrying what appeared to be large bundles of marijuana.

In one incident Friday morning, agents assigned to the McAllen Station noticed a suspicious vehicle driving away from the Rio Grande at a high rate of speed. As agents approached, the driver abandoned the vehicle and absconded to Mexico leaving behind close to a 1,000 pounds of marijuana.

In another unrelated seizure Saturday morning, agents from the Rio Grande City Station came across close to 800 pounds of marijuana after agents spotted footprints leading away from the river. Moments later, agents spotted a suspicious truck driving away from where the tracks were leading. As agents attempted to pull over the vehicle, the driver jumped out of the truck and fled into the nearby brush. The truck contained nearly 80 bricks of marijuana with an estimated value of more than $600,000.

Border Patrol agents seize more than 400 lbs of marijuana.

On September 2, 2011 Rio Grande City Border Patrol agents seized more than 400 lbs of marijuana with an estimated value of more than $340,000 near Rio Grande City, Texas. At approximately 10:00 a.m. agents patrolling observed multiple subjects emerge from the brush near the river carrying large bundles of narcotics. Agents identified themselves the subjects dropped the bundles and absconded into thick brush.

Additional seizures over the Labor Day weekend pushed the total value of marijuana seized from Friday through Monday to more than $5.5 million. The marijuana was turned over 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.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017