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Thanksgiving Week Proves to be an Active One for Agents

Release Date: 
November 28, 2011

Edinburg, Texas - More than $5.3 million worth of marijuana was confiscated in multiple seizures by U.S. Border Patrol agents throughout the Rio Grande Valley Sector in a 72-hour time period spanning through the Thanksgiving holiday.

Drug Seizure-Rio Grande City, TX

Rio Grande City Border Patrol Agents seized more than 400 lbs of marijuana near La Grulla, Texas after agents spotted foot tracks which led them to the abandoned load of narcotics.

Photo Credit:Photo Courtesy of U.S. Customs and Border Protection

One of the largest seizures occurred Tuesday evening as agents from the McAllen Station seized close to 2,100 pounds of marijuana near Penitas, Texas. Agents patrolling the Rio Grande observed a pick-up truck and an SUV traveling north from the river at a high rate of speed. As the smugglers observed the agents approaching, they quickly came to a stop and abandoned their loads. The smugglers fled to Mexico leaving behind more than 170 bundles of marijuana with an estimated value of more than $1.6 million.

In a separate incident, Thanksgiving morning, agents from the Rio Grande City Station seized more than 900 pounds of marijuana near Escobares, Texas. A group of smugglers were loading large bundles into a vehicle when they spotted Border Patrol agents approaching. The smugglers, fearing apprehension, dropped their narcotics load and absconded into the thick brush. The marijuana seized was valued at more than $700,000.

Additional seizures within the past three days pushed the total amount of narcotics seized to more than 10,000 pounds with an estimated street value of more than $8.3 million. The narcotics were turned over to the appropriate agencies for further investigation.

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

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017