Today, U.S. Border Patrol agents from the Rio Grande Valley Sector at the Falfurrias Checkpoint on U.S. Highway 281 North stopped a driver of a tractor-trailer for immigration inspection. During the inspection a Border Patrol K-9 alerted the agents to the presence of narcotics. The driver was hauling one-gallon buckets of frozen mango pulp, in which the agents found marijuana hidden.
Because the mango pulp was frozen agent had to wait for the frozen pulp to thaw before they could extract the marijuana. Upon removing the marijuana, it was weighed and ended up being more than 3800 pounds, with an estimated value of more than $3 million.
The U. S. Border Patrol also reported that on Monday agents assigned to the Rio Grande City Station spotted smugglers loading marijuana into a horse trailer on the banks of the Rio Grande, as they approached the smugglers fled to Mexico, abandoning more than 1300 pounds of marijuana.
Since Sunday, U. S. Border Patrol agents seized nearly 7500 pounds of marijuana, with an estimated value of nearly $6 million.