RIO GRANDE CITY, Texas — Border Patrol Agents seized more than 1,300 pounds of marijuana near Los Arrieros, Texas.
The seizure occurred today at approximately 1:30 a.m. when Rio Grande City agents observed an older model SUV driving at a high rate of speed without any lights on. The vehicle was coming from an area known for narcotics and human smuggling. As agents attempted to make contact with the vehicle, it veered off the roadway and struck a utility pole. The driver abandoned the SUV and fled into the brush nearby. As agents approached the SUV to check for additional occupants, they discovered the vehicle was loaded with bundles of marijuana.
A total of 75 bundles of marijuana were seized, weighing 1,351 pounds and worth over $1,000,000.00. The marijuana was be turned over to the Drug Enforcement Agency and Border Patrol seized the SUV.
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