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U.S. Border Patrol Agents Seize More than 1 ton of Marijuana

Release Date: 
February 11, 2011

Mcallen, Texas - More than $1.6 million worth of marijuana was confiscated by U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the McAllen Station in multiple seizures Thursday.

Drugs seized by Border Patrol Agents in the RGV McAllen Station

Photo Credit:Courtesy of Customs and Border Protection

The largest of the seizures occurred that night when agents working in Abram, Texas, found nearly 700 pounds of marijuana, with a value of more than $540,000, scattered throughout the brush.

In a separate incident agents saw a group of people carrying bundles of marijuana north from the Rio Grande in Hidalgo, Texas. The agents apprehended two people and found more than 460 pounds of marijuana, with a value exceeding $370,000. The rest of the group was seen crossing the river back into Mexico.

Several more seizures pushed the station's total amount of marijuana confiscated for the day to more than 2,000 pounds. The marijuana was turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

To report suspicious activity, call the Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol Sector's toll-free telephone number 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.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017