Holiday weekend yields more than $7M in narcotics seizures

Rio Grande Valley Border EDINBURG, Texas - Border Patrol agents seized more than 200 pounds of cocaine and more than 1,200 pounds of marijuana in two separate incidents over the holiday weekend.

The narcotics have a combined value of more than $7 million.

The first seizure occurred Nov. 21, when Border Patrol agents assigned to the Falfurrias Border Patrol Checkpoint on Highway 281 questioned the driver of a tractor-trailer about his citizenship.

During questioning, a Border Patrol canine alerted to the presence of contraband concealed within the trailer area.

The driver was directed to the secondary inspection area where a search led to the discovery of 75 bundles of cocaine hidden inside the fifth wheel compartment.

The total weight of the cocaine was 206 pounds with an estimated value of $6,592,000.

The driver, cocaine, and vehicle were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

The second seizure occurred on Thanksgiving Day at the Sarita Border Patrol Checkpoint when a tractor-trailer approached the primary lane for inspection.

As the primary agent questioned the driver and passenger, a Border Patrol canine alerted to the presence of contraband concealed within the trailer.

The driver was directed to the secondary area where a search of the trailer led to the discovery of 40 bundles of marijuana hidden among a load of limes.

The total weight of the marijuana was 1,230 pounds with an estimated value of $984,000. The driver, passenger, tractor-trailer, and marijuana were turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

The combined value of the narcotics is $7,576,000.