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Tuesday January 31, 2012

Over Last Seven Days 10 Tons of Pot Seized at Texas-Mexico Border

Over Last Seven Days 10 Tons of Pot Seized at Texas-Mexico Border

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CBP U.S. Border Patrol agents from the Rio Grande Valley Sector seized more than 21,000 pounds of marijuana over the past seven days.

Agents seized one of the largest loads of marijuana in Havana, Texas, after they encountered a group of smugglers hiding bundles of marijuana in the brush near the Rio Grande. When the smugglers saw the agents they fled to Mexico. While thoroughly searching the area, agents found more than 1,300 pounds of marijuana, with an estimated value of more than $1.2 million.

Nearly 1,000 additional pounds of marijuana were confiscated in an unrelated seizure Wednesday in Sullivan City, Texas. The seizure occurred after agents received a call over the radio about a minivan that was possibly loaded with narcotics. Agents in the area saw a vehicle matching the description run a red light. Agents found the vehicle abandoned with the marijuana inside. The marijuana has an estimated value of more than $760,000.

Additional seizures from Friday through Thursday pushed the total estimated value of marijuana seized to more than $17 million.