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article imageBorder Patrol recovers $1.6 million of marijuana in two seizures

By Lynn Herrmann     Jan 29, 2011 in Crime
Edinburg - US Border Patrol agents of the Rio Grande Valley Sector have seized more than a ton of marijuana in two separate seizures this past week, with a value estimated at $1.6 million.
The first seizure occurred after McAllen station agents approached a green minivan parked near the entrance of Anzalduas Park, located along the banks of the Rio Grande River between McAllen and Mission.
Hearing voices in the nearby brush, the agents attempted to pinpoint the source and then observed seven people crossing into Mexico, according to a news release by the Customs and Border agency. Agents then did a thorough search of the area and came up with over 1,200 pounds of marijuana.
The second seizure occurred when Rio Grande City station agents observed several people carrying “large bundles of marijuana” in a northerly direction from the Rio Grande River near La Rosita. The smugglers dropped the pot bundles when catching sight of the agents, fleeing into the south Texas brush. That seizure resulted in more than 850 pounds of marijuana being recovered.
CBP has given the two seizures an estimated value of $1.6 million.
Meanwhile, KRGV TV reported on Friday more than 20,000 pounds of marijuana were recovered in a three day period. The largest seizure occurred on a ranch near El Sauz where agents discovered 6,000 pounds of marijuana. According to the report, two Mexican nationals on the ranch were arrested and turned over to ICE.
No indication was given whether the recent drug seizures were a part of Operation Border Star or the increased surveillance resulting from a drone placed in operation over the region last September.
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