Drug investigation leads to produce donation


POSTED: Wednesday, February 12, 2014 - 5:12pm

UPDATED: Thursday, February 13, 2014 - 10:36am

The Rio Grande Valley Food Bank frequently has food dropped off for donation. 

But it isn't often food seized during drug investigation. 

"We won't go into the specifics of this investigation," Edinburg Police Chief Rolando Castañeda said "It was a drug investigation where we seized over 1,000 pounds of assorted fruits and what better place for these fruits to go in our needy community than the Rio Grande Valley Food Bank."

The trailer full of citrus, watermelons, jalapeños and pineapples was taken by law enforcement just the way it looked on Wednesday morning. 

"We are so excited to get this produce today," RGV Food Bank CEO Terri Drefke said. "Something good can come out of something bad. It's a wonderful array of produce, fruits and vegetables." 

The Edinburg Police Department would not release any details of how it got the produce because the investigation is on-going.Now, donations from the RGV Food Bank from police seizures from any agency aren't uncommon, they're merely sporadic.

"It's common practice within law enforcement agencies that whenever there's a seizure as this... It's donated to a food bank or a charitable organization," Sgt. Oscar Treviño of the Edinburg Police Department said.    

The Edinburg Police said this was the first time it has made such a donation in about a year. As for the investigation, it was done alongside other agencies, and should conclude in about a week.  

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