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Border Patrol agents seize nearly 9 tons of marijuana in 2 days

20130823 BP RGV-1EDINBURG—U.S. Border Patrol agents from the Rio Grande Valley Sector confiscated an estimated $14.3 million worth of marijuana in multiple seizures over Aug. 15-16.

Agents assigned to the Falfurrias Checkpoint made the largest seizure on Aug. 15. During an immigration inspection of the driver of a tractor-trailer, a Border Patrol K-9 detected the presence. Agents found more than 10,300 pounds of marijuana hidden inside the trailer.

Another large seizure occurred on Aug. 16 when agents assigned to the Rio Grande City Station spotted a truck traveling away from the Rio Grande. When the driver of the pickup spotted Border Patrol agents and a helicopter from the Office of Air and Marine, he made an abrupt U-turn and sped back to the river.

At the river’s edge the driver and a passenger abandoned the truck and crossed the river to Mexico. Inside the vehicle agents found more than 1,500 pounds of marijuana.

Additional seizures brought the total amount of marijuana seized over the course of two days to nearly 18,000 pounds.

20130823 BP RGV-2So far for fiscal year 2013, agents in the Rio Grande Valley Sector have seized more than 700,000 pounds of marijuana.

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

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