Mission Police Seize Marijuana From Abandonded Van

Tuesday, June 28, 2011 - 8:51am

MISSION- Upper Valley law enforcement officials were searching for a possible drug smuggler in the area of Mission, officials did find the drugs but no suspect.  Inside a van were more than a thousand pounds of marijuana. Investigators were weighing in the heavy load of marijuana at the police department.

Police said they were able to locate the suspected drug smuggling van after someone called them saying it was abandoned on someone's drive way in the are of First and Nicholson.

"We had the owners of the residence who cooperated in the investigation. at this time we believe the vehicle was left unattended at the location basically to get rid of the evidence and avoid anytime of arrest," said Martin Garza of Mission Police Dept.

Police believe the owners of the home had nothing to do with the crime and the van comes from Tamaulipas Mexico. Border Patrol officials say they were also searching for this van Monday after they too received a call indicating a possible vehicle carrying contraband.

"I know that border patrol and the department of public safety were in the area at the same time. with the same information and attempting to locate this vehicle. we are working conjunction with those two agencies," said Garza.

Even though the drugs are off Upper Valley streets, police officers are determine in piecing together this puzzle to have a clearer picture of who may have been the suspected smuggler.

"We're looking at numerous databases that we have to determine if we've pulled over this vehicle in the past whether we have a picture of the driver at the time or received a citation possibly in the past so we are conduction an investigation regarding the vehicle in the hopes to have some type of driver connected to the vehicle in the past," said Garza.

If you have any information that could lead to an arrest your asked to call Mission Crime Stoppers at 581-8477

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