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Border Patrol agents in south Texas seize half-ton of marijuana

June 30, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Border Patrol agents in south Texas seize half-ton of marijuana

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Border patrol agents assigned to the Laredo Sector seized over half a ton of marijuana in two incidents along the Rio Grande border with Mexico.

Agents working at the Zapata Station were dispatched after receiving a call regarding suspicious activity taking place by the Rio Grande River near the border of Zapata, Texas. When agents arrived, they discovered a vehicle stuffed with 31 bundles of marijuana, according to Breitbart Texas.

No one was near the vehicle when the agents discovered it. They seized the 685 pounds of marijuana, along with the car, which was turned over to the DEA. The drugs are said to be worth close to $600,000.

The day before, agents working at the Laredo South Station noticed suspicious activity involving an SUV near the Rio Grande. As agents approached, the driver and a passenger escaped across the river, back over the border into Mexico, Breitbart Texas reported.

A search of the car resulted in the recovery of six bundles of marijuana weighing over 450 pounds.

The agents seized the car and the $360,000 worth of marijuana, which was turned over to the DEA.

In sum, the Laredo Sector agents intercepted traffickers from smuggling 1,139 pounds of marijuana into the United States. The estimated value of the combined drugs is roughly $912,752.

“The Border Patrol is vigilant in trying to prevent the flow of drugs into the United States,” Laredo Sector Acting Deputy Chief Patrol Agent Anthony S. Good said in a statement. “It is only through the work and dedication of our agents that we continually and successfully do so.”

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