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Latino Daily News

Tuesday March 1, 2011

Interesting Finds at U.S. Border from 59 lbs of Iguana Meat Tamales to 7,800 lbs of Pot

Federal authorities have been busy at the U.S.-Mexico border in Texas these last couple of days seizing iguana meat tamales to thousands of pounds of pot all trying to make its way into the U.S.

On Sunday Laredo, Texas border patrol found tamales (58 lbs worth) made with undeclared iguana meat and masa (corn dough).  A 49-year old woman was trying to enter the U.S. from Mexico with an ice cooler and her tamales when the illegal meat was discovered.

In the Rio Grande Valley in Texas, border patrol seized more than 7,800 pounds of marijuana in a 48-hour period.  The larger seizure was on Thursday when 1,200 pounds were found in the bed of a pick-up truck. 

Later that evening, authorities gave chase to a truck acting suspiciously when it crashed in the nearby river.  Upon discovery 450 pounds of marijuana were found floating in the water. 

Overall the marijuana seized throughout the Rio Grand Valley has a value of more than $6.2 million.