Eight Tons Of Marijuana Netted

Eight Tons Of Marijuana Netted
Thursday, December 16, 2010 - 4:45pm

Nearly $12.5 million worth of marijuana was seized by U.S. Border Patrol agents over a six-day span that began last Friday and ended Wednesday. All together agents confiscated nearly 8 tons of marijuana.

One of the most significant seizures occurred Tuesday in La Casita, Texas.  Several people were loading bundles of marijuana into a pickup truck. Once it was loaded, the truck was driven north away from the Rio Grande at a high rate of speed. The agent used a controlled tire deflation device and disabled the vehicle, at which time the driver jumped out and fled. A Texas Department of Public Safety helicopter assisted agents in searching for the driver.

More than 1,300 pounds of marijuana were found inside the vehicle. The narcotics were turned over to the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area task force for further investigation.

On Wednesday near Sullivan City, agents attempted to pull over a Chevy Blazer that they had observed driving away from the river at a high rate of speed. As the agents pulled up behind the vehicle, the driver abruptly swerved to the side of the road, jumped out and fled into the nearby brush.

A helicopter from Customs and Border Protection’s Office of Air and Marine responded to the area to assist agents in locating the driver.

Nearly 550 pounds of marijuana were found in the Blazer and were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

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