EDINBURG–U.S. Border Patrol agents seized nearly 3 tons of marijuana in the Rio Grande Valley area this past weekend.
The largest of the seizures occurred Friday near Escobares when an agent saw tire tracks from an all-terrain vehicle and footprints leading into the brush. The agent followed the trail and found nearly 2,000 pounds of marijuana stashed throughout the brush.
A freshly dug pit that was lined with plywood was also found in the area. A helicopter from Customs and Border Protection’s Office of Air and Marine was called in to help move the marijuana.
Another seizure Sunday morning near Escobares netted nearly 1,000 pounds of marijuana after agents observed suspicious activity near an abandoned mobile home.
Upon searching the area, agents detected a strong odor of marijuana emitting from the home and saw several bundles of marijuana in plain view through the back window.
Agents entered the abandoned trailer through an open door and seized the marijuana, which has an estimated value of nearly $790,000. They arrested a man who was found hiding behind the stove.
Additional incidents throughout the Rio Grande Valley pushed the total value of marijuana seized to an estimated value of more than $4.6 million.
The drugs and the man who was arrested will be turned over to other agencies for further investigation.
–South Texas Tribune, firstname.lastname@example.org
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