POSTED: Tuesday, May 26, 2009 - 5:35pm
UPDATED: Thursday, February 25, 2010 - 12:33pm
More than nine tons of marijuana were seized in the Rio Grande Valley Sector just within in one week.
This is marijuana seized in busts made by Border Patrol Agents from May 11th to May 17th. Border Patrol supervisor Joe Trevino says this year seizures are up a significant amount from last year.
Border Patrol says that increase of drugs seized is due to more manpower new infrastructure.
This past fall the number of Border Patrol Agents was increased to 18,000 nationwide. Locally they went from 1,500 to 2,300. This increased number now allows the Border Patrol to make big busts like this one in Rio Grande City where nearly 3,000 pounds of marijuana were found inside an abandoned truck on May 12th.
Border Patrol also says the increased amount of technology including these cameras set up along the border is helping crack down on drug smuggling coming into the United States.