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.
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.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.