Garceño, Texas ─ More than $1.4 million worth of marijuana was seized by U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Rio Grande City Station Wednesday.
The marijuana was found at a ranch where the agents were responding to a report of suspicious activity. At the ranch the agents followed a trail to an abandoned, partially-built cinderblock building.
Inside the building the agents found more than 220 packages of marijuana, with a weight of more than 1,700 pounds.
The Drug Enforcement Administration assumed custody of the marijuana.
“Thanks to an alert citizen speaking up and reporting suspicious activity, these drugs won’t make it into our communities,” Chief Patrol Agent Rosendo Hinojosa said. “When people speak up and take a stand against crime, our communities and, ultimately, the nation as a whole are safer.”
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.