More than 19,000 pounds of marijuana seized

Over two week period more than $15.5 million worth seized


EDINBURG – Agents from the Border Patrol's Rio Grande Valley Sector seized nearly 19,400 pounds of marijuana in a two-week span from Aug. 28 to Sept. 11, 2014.

According to the press release, one of the largest marijuana busts occurred in La Casita when agents found more than 1,100 pounds hidden in an underground bunker.

Additionally, agents arrested nearly 6,800 people suspected of being in the country illegally; nearly 4,300 of those are from countries other than Mexico.

Approximately 19 have prior convictions for sex-related offenses, more than half of those involve children.

In addition, three illegal immigrants with active arrest warrants were apprehended by agents.

One of the warrants was for child pornography charges out of Houston, another for child sexual abuse in Washington, D.C., and the third was on child sexual assault charges out of Plano, Texas.

The arrested individuals were extradited to the locations with jurisdiction over their cases.