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Rio Grande Valley Sector seizes nearly $6M worth of marijuana

Release Date: 
February 13, 2018

EDINBURG, Texas – In the first full week of February, the U.S. Border Patrol Rio Grande Valley Sector (RGV) has seized nearly four tons of marijuana.

Marijuana seized by McAllen Border Patrol agents
Marijuana seized by McAllen Border
Patrol agents

The RGV Sector continues to lead the nation in marijuana seizures. The McAllen and Rio Grande City Border Patrol Stations account for the majority of the seizures with nearly three tons of marijuana confiscated in their respective areas of responsibility.

The total marijuana seized during this period has a combined weight of 7,696 pounds with an estimated street value of $5,845,212.00.

“The Rio Grande Valley Sector is the most active and volatile area along the southwest border for smuggling and trafficking of illegal aliens and narcotics,” said Chief Patrol Agent Manuel Padilla, Jr. “Transnational criminal organizations continue to exploit the porous border in our western corridor and jeopardize the safety of our communities.”

The public is encouraged to take a stand against crime in their communities and to help save lives by reporting suspicious activity at 800-863-9382.

Please visit www.cbp.gov to view additional news releases and other information pertaining to Customs and Border Protection. Follow us on Twitter at @CBPRGV.

Last modified: 
February 14, 2018