More than a ton of marijuana worth $1.7M-plus seized at Texas border

ROMA, Texas — Federal and local authorities collaborated Wednesday to thwart a marijuana smuggling scheme involving more than a ton of suspected marijuana.

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Agents with the Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol sector, assisted by deputies with the Starr County Sheriff’s Office, seized the drugs with an estimated street value of more than $1.7 million on Wednesday from a travel trailer in Roma, Texas, according to a U.S. Customs and Border Protection news release.

The authorities, working off a tip that the drugs were being staged at a Roma property, discovered the suspected marijuana concealed in a secret compartment in the travel trailer, the agency stated.

In total, 190 bundles of drugs weighing more than 2,150 pounds were confiscated and turned over to the Starr County Sheriff’s Office as part of an ongoing investigation, the CBP stated.

According to the news release, the seizure netted a total of 10 arrests, including both U.S. citizens and foreign nationals.