Pictured is the 20,000 pounds of marijuana seized by Border Patrol agents at the Falfurrias checkpoint Saturday. SUBMITTED

Seizure made at Falfurrias checkpoint

FALFURRIAS, Texas - U.S. Customs and Border Protection Border Patrol agents seized more than 20,000 pounds of marijuana and arrested one individual at the Falfurrias checkpoint on Saturday.

The marijuana is valued at $16 million.

The seizure occurred on Saturday, when Border Patrol agents assigned to the Falfurrias Border Patrol checkpoint on Highway 281 questioned the driver of a tractor-trailer as to his citizenship. While determining the driver's citizenship, a CBP Border Patrol canine alerted to the back of the utility-trailer.

The driver was directed to the secondary inspection area where a search of the trailer led to the discovery of 640 bundles of marijuana.

The total weight of the marijuana was 20,004 pounds with an estimated value of $16,003,200.

The driver, a 32-year-old U.S. citizen from McAllen, Texas, was arrested.

"Our Border Patrol agents again have proven their dedication to protecting this country from people who try to introduce illegal narcotics into the U.S., said Rio Grande Valley Sector Acting Chief Patrol Agent Reynaldo M. Garza.

"Seizures of this magnitude reflect the unscrupulous desire of drug smugglers to inflict harm onto our citizens. With increased vigilance and the right mixture of personnel, technology and infrastructure, the United States Border Patrol will continue to safeguard our nation."

The driver, narcotics and tractor-trailer were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.