EDINBURG, Texas - U.S. Customs and Border Protection Border Patrol agents intercepted more than one ton of marijuana in two incidents on July 21. The contraband has an estimated value close to $2 million.
The first seizure occurred when agents assigned to the Sarita Border Patrol traffic checkpoint observed a tractor-trailer enter the primary inspection area.
While the primary agent performed an immigration check on the driver, a CBP Border Patrol canine team conducted a non-intrusive, free air sniff around the trailer.
The canine alerted to the back of the trailer area and the driver was directed to the secondary inspection area. A search of the trailer revealed 55 bundles of marijuana weighing 1,290 pounds concealed among bags of fire extinguisher powder.
The load of marijuana is worth $1,032,000. The vehicle, marijuana and driver were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration for further investigation.
The second seizure occurred when agents assigned to the McAllen Border Patrol Station observed suspicious activity while patrolling in the La Joya, Texas, area.
As the agents arrived to the area, they noticed a Ford truck traveling north from the Rio Grande River. The agents attempted to stop the vehicle but the driver immediately pulled over and exited the vehicle, fleeing into the dense brush.
A search of the abandoned vehicle revealed 32 bundles of marijuana weighing 1,004 pounds.
The total value of the marijuana is $803,840. Checks on the vehicle revealed that the truck had been reported stolen. The Department of Public Safety (DPS) Stolen Vehicle Task Force took custody of the vehicle.
There were no apprehensions associated with this seizure and the marijuana was turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration for further investigation.