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Customs and Border Protection Officers at the Hidalgo Port Agents from Rio Grande Valley Sector Seize More than 2,900 Pounds of Marijuana, Arrest 2

Release Date: 
January 20, 2012

EDINGBURG, TEXAS—In a pair of drug seizures Thursday, U.S. Border Patrol agents from the Rio Grande Valley Sector confiscated more than 2,900 pounds of marijuana and arrested two suspected smugglers.

 

U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Weslaco Station seized more than 1,700 pounds of marijuana they found inside a pickup truck and tanker trailer Thursday near Weslaco, Texas

U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Weslaco Station seized more than 1,700 pounds of marijuana they found inside a pickup truck and tanker trailer Thursday near Weslaco, Texas

The larger of the two seizures occurred near Weslaco, Texas, when agents approached a pickup truck that was pulling a tanker trailer north away from the Rio Grande. The driver and passenger of the vehicle jumped out when they saw the agents approaching and attempted to flee, but were quickly apprehended by agents. Inside the pickup and tanker agents found more than 1,700 pounds of marijuana.

The second seizure was made near La Rosita, Texas, after agents observed several people carrying large bundles of marijuana north away from the river. When the smugglers saw the agents they dropped the bundles and fled into the thick brush - leaving behind nearly 1,200 pounds of marijuana.

 

U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Weslaco Station seized more than 1,700 pounds of marijuana they found inside a pickup truck and tanker trailer Thursday near Weslaco, Texas.

U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Weslaco Station seized more than 1,700 pounds of marijuana they found inside a pickup truck and tanker trailer Thursday near Weslaco, Texas.

The marijuana from the two seizures has an estimated value of more than $2.3 million. It was turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration, along with the two men who were arrested.

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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February 9, 2017