State and federal officers seized nearly $4 million dollars of marijuana from a house near the Mexican border earlier this week.
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department game wardens received a tip that marijuana was being stored at a home in the Salineo area in Starr County near the U.S.-Mexico border.
Game wardens requested help from Border Patrol agents and went to the residence on Wednesday evening. When they approached the home, three men fled. Two were captured by Border Patrol agents.
When they searched the property, they found a large pile of bundles which appeared to be marijuana. They also found a large bunker that contained more marijuana. A Border Patrol canine confirmed the packages contained marijuana.
In total, 409 bundles were found weighing 4,719 pounds. It took six trucks to carry the bundles to a federal storage facility.
Officials estimate that the drugs are worth $3,775,440.
"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,"