Border Patrol Seize More Than 543 Pounds of Marijuana

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EDINBURG, Texas – Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol Sector (RGV) agents seize more than $435K worth of marijuana in two separate incidents.

Yesterday morning, RGV agents working near Garceno, Texas, observed several subjects loading large bundles into a sedan near the Rio Grande. Upon detection, the suspected drug smugglers abandoned the vehicle and quickly absconded back to Mexico. Agents seized five bundles of marijuana left inside the vehicle. The weight of the marijuana was approximately 461 pounds, valued at over $369K.  The seized marijuana was transported to a Border Patrol station for processing.

Last night, Rio Grande City Border Patrol Station agents working near Escobares, Texas, discovered and followed shoe prints, which led away from the Rio Grande.  The prints led agents to seven abandoned bundles of marijuana. Agents searched the area, but did not locate any subjects or additional bundles. The seized bundles of marijuana weighed more than 82 pounds and are valued at more than $66K.

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