Texas game wardens seize nearly $4M in marijuana

April 5, 2013 5:47:18 PM PDT
Game wardens with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department have seized more than two tons of marijuana worth nearly $4 million.

A total of 409 bundles of marijuana weighing 4,719 pounds were seized at a home in Starr County near the U.S.-Mexico border in South Texas.

"A game warden received information that marijuana was being stashed at a residence in the Salineno area. Game wardens then requested assistance from the U.S. Border Patrol," said TPWD Maj. Alan Teague.

The Wednesday night drug seizure also resulted in the arrest of two individuals who were at the home. A third person escaped.

Officials say some of the marijuana was hidden in an underground bunker at the home.

The marijuana was turned over to the U.S. Border Patrol, along with the two arrested individuals.

"Texas game wardens routinely come across illegal drug smuggling operations, especially in rural areas and along the border region," said Chief of Special Operations Grahame Jones, "but this seizure was particularly significant."

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department officials say the drug bust is one of the largest by game wardens in the agency's history.

"This is one of if not the largest drug seizure by Texas game wardens in the history of our agency," said TPWD Law Enforcement Director Craig Hunter. "Obviously, we are very proud of the wardens involved in this case. Beyond that, we are tremendously pleased to have played a part in preventing such a large cache of marijuana from reaching our streets."

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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