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Smuggler Abandons More Than Half a Ton of Marijuana

Release Date: 
March 12, 2010

Weslaco, Texas - U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Weslaco Station seized 1,531 pounds of marijuana in Progreso, Texas, Thursday.

1531 pounds of marijuana within the van

This van carried 1531 pounds of marijuana.

Agents patrolling in Progreso noticed a white van traveling away from the Rio Grande River. When the driver of the van saw the Border Patrol agents' vehicle, he made an abrupt U-turn and drove toward a nearby neighborhood. Agents followed the vehicle and found it abandoned on the side of the road. A search of the vehicle revealed 22 bundles of marijuana.

The Drug Enforcement Administration assumed custody of the marijuana, which is valued at $1,224,800.

To report suspicious activity, contact the Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol Sector's toll-free telephone number at 1-800-863-9382.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017