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Border Patrol agents, Texas DPS seize one ton of marijuana

January 22, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Border Patrol agents, Texas DPS seize one ton of marijuana

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State and federal law enforcement agencies collaborated to seize over a ton of marijuana in the small border town of Falcon, Texas.

After seeing suspicious activity in Falcon, Texas, U.S. Border Patrol agents working at the Zapata Station called the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) for assistance. After the agents approached the suspects, the agents and DPS troopers found over 100 bundles of marijuana.

According to the Laredo Morning Times, authorities discovered the marijuana concealed in hidden compartments in two pickup trucks. They also recovered additional bundles in a shed on the property.

In sum, DPS troopers and Border Patrol agents confiscated 102 bundles of the drug. Officials allege that the street value of the marijuana is approximately $1,827,672.

The DEA took possession of the marijuana while Border Patrol seized the trucks.

No arrests were made at the time.

Falcon Lake is part of the Rio Grande River’s border with Mexico. It is an area commonly faced with problems related to drug and human smuggling.

Last March, cartel gunmen in Mexico opened fire on three fishermen in a boat. The gunmen opened fire from the Mexican side of the border, hitting all three fishermen. One of the men was killed.

Gunmen in Mexico also shot a Texas DPS trooper near this same area in 2016. The gunfire also struck a Border Patrol agent working with the trooper. The agent’s bulletproof vest protected him from serious wounds. A DPS helicopter brought the wounded trooper to a McAllen hospital where he recovered.

A few days after the incident, two more fishermen were shot on Falcon Lake. One of the fishermen was also killed from his wounds.

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