Border Patrol helps Mexican military seize over 3 tons of marijuana

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About 3.6 tons of marijuana was seized Saturday by the Mexican military with the help of U.S. Border Patrol agents stationed in Zapata.

Posted: Thursday, March 31, 2016 3:49 pm | Updated: 3:59 pm, Thu Mar 31, 2016.
By Laredo Morning Times

More than 3 tons of marijuana were recently seized on the Mexican side of the Rio Grande near Zapata, Border Patrol announced Thursday.
At about 8 p.m. Saturday, Border Patrol agents in Zapata said they saw several people loading bundles of contraband in two separate boats on the Mexican side of the river.

Agents had been monitoring the group and contacted Mexican government officials to update them about the location. The officials located and confiscated the narcotics.

A total of 465 bundles were seized by the Mexican military. The bundles tested positive for marijuana and had a total weight of 7,297.4 pounds, with a street value of $5.6 million.

“This seizure clearly demonstrates the exceptional level of binational cooperation that the Border Patrol has with the government of Mexico. We fully intend to continue this level of cooperation between both governments to locate and prevent the smuggling of illicit contraband,” said Mario Martinez, Laredo Sector chief patrol agent.