(Wednesday, December 29, 2010)
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Fronton, Texas ─ U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Rio Grande City station confiscated more than 1,600 pounds of marijuana, with a value of more than $1.3 million in two unrelated incidents Tuesday.
The largest seizure occurred when agents working near the Rio Grande witnessed a group of people loading narcotics into the bed of a Chevrolet pickup truck. As agents attempted to apprehend the group they fled to the river and escaped in an awaiting boat.
Agents found 135 bundles of marijuana, with a weight of more than 1,200 pounds, in the bed of the pickup and on the ground nearby.
In a similar incident, agents recovered seven bundles of marijuana inside a Pontiac Grand Am in La Grulla, Texas. While on patrol agents witnessed several people fleeing away from the vehicle when they saw the marked unit. When agents went to investigate the abandoned vehicle they could see bundles sitting in the back seat. More than 400 pounds of marijuana were recovered from inside the Grand Am.
The narcotics were 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 1-800-863-9382.
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.