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Game wardens seize $3.7M of marijuana
AUSTIN -- Texas Parks and Wildlife Department game wardens have seized more than two tons of marijuana worth nearly $4 million.
“This is one of if not the largest drug seizure by Texas game wardens in the history of our agency,” said Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Law Enforcement Director Craig Hunter in an April 8 press release.
The drug seizure occurred about 7 p.m. April 3 in Starr County near the U.S.-Mexican border in South Texas. Retail value of the marijuana was estimated at $3,775,440.
When the warden and Border Patrol agents approached the residence in the Salineno area, the federal officers saw three men running from the rear of the structure. The officers shouted for the men to stop, but they kept running. After a foot pursuit, two of the three men were apprehended.
While escorting the two individuals back to the residence, the officers observed a large pile of bundles which appeared to be packaged marijuana. A closer inspection along with a Border Patrol canine confirmed that the bundles were in fact marijuana. Officers also discovered an underground bunker located near the pile of marijuana bundles which contained more marijuana.
A total of 409 bundles of marijuana weighing 4,719 pounds were recovered from the back-yard area. It took six trucks to carry the marijuana to a federal storage facility.
The two suspects were released to the Border Patrol, along with the seized marijuana.
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