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Mexican marines seize 11 tons of marijuana just across Texas border

July 5, 2016  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Mexican marines seize 11 tons of marijuana just across Texas border

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Mexican Marines uncovered over 11 tons of marijuana on the border with Texas, which officials consider to be a severe blow to the Gulf Cartel’s local trafficking structure. A

uthorities speculate that the large quantity of the drug was likely being stored as smugglers prepared to transport it into Texas.

The capture took place near the border city of Miguel Aleman, Tamaulipas this week. The city is directly south of Roma Texas and has a long history of being used as a drug smuggling passage for the Mexican cartels.

The Mexican Marines have been carefully patrolling the area, where a cartel warehouse was discovered that was housing approximately 1,146 marijuana bundles. Authorities with Mexico’s Attorney General’s Office weighed the drugs, which came out to be 11,138 kilos with about 24,504 pounds of weed.

Texas law enforcement officials determined that the drugs had a street value of $4.9 million. If the drugs had managed to get across the border into a more northern city, its street value would have significantly increased to about $19.6 million.

Smugglers working for the Gulf Cartel favor using remote rural areas near the Miguel Aleman/Roman region because of its lack of physical boundaries. For example, the area has much less patrol activity than other areas to the west, and there is no border fence. Typically, once the drugs have crossed the border, they are transported north around the U.S. checkpoint near Hebbronville or Falfurrias.

According to Breitbart Texas, the area has been hit with cartel-related violence on both sides of the border. In Mexico, the Los Zetas and their rivals, the Gulf Cartel, have engaged in large scale turf battles. The Gulf Cartel current controls the city area and has even fought with Mexican military over the crossing areas. In the U.S., law enforcement officials and other border patrol agents have been shot at by smugglers who are trying to protect their drug loads.

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