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Rio Grande Valley Sector Border Patrol agents seize nearly 1,000 pounds of marijuana

Release Date: 
May 8, 2015

ALAMO, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents from the Rio Grande Valley Sector seized several hundred pounds of marijuana Wednesday.

Agents unload mariujuana from overturned pickup

Agents unload mariujuana from overturned pickup.

The seizure occurred at around noon when agents assigned to the Weslaco Station observed bundles of marijuana being crossed from Mexico into the United States and loaded into a pickup truck.  When agents attempted to intercept the truck, the driver made a U-turn and sped back toward the river. The driver lost control as he approached the river, causing the vehicle to roll over.  The driver waded back to Mexico and avoided apprehension.

Agents seized more than 970 pounds of marijuana, with an estimated value of nearly $780,000. The marijuana will be turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration. The vehicle was seized by Border Patrol.

The Rio Grande Valley Sector is part of the South Texas Corridor, which leverages federal, state and local resources to combat transnational criminal organizations. To report suspicious activity, call the sector’s toll-free telephone number at 800-863-9382.

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February 9, 2017