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Van Packed with Marijuana Seized By Rio Grande City Agents

Release Date: 
June 22, 2010

La Casita, Texas - U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Rio Grande City station seized more than 2,500 pounds of marijuana late Friday evening.

More than one ton of marijuana was found in this van abandoned in the desert.

More than one ton of marijuana was found in this van abandoned in the desert.

U.S. Border Patrol agents on patrol south of La Casita observed a white cargo van travel south toward the Rio Grande without the use of its headlights. Agents went to investigate the suspicious activity and discovered the van abandoned.

The van, a 2002 Ford E350 Super Duty Van, was abandoned about 800 yards north of the river loaded with more than 1 ton of marijuana. The narcotics are valued at more than $2 million.

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

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Last modified: 
February 9, 2017