Monday, February 7, 2011
$11 million worth of pot seized in Pharr, Tx. - Zeta attacks continue in Matamoros
PHARR — Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents seized more than 13,000 pounds of marijuana during a bust Friday.
ICE investigators received information Thursday about a storage unit along Owassa Road near Pharr being used as a marijuana repackaging and distribution point for marijuana.
Undercover agents conducted surveillance outside the storage unit, but did not observe anyone in the area. No one was inside when agents tried to obtain consent to search the storage unit, either.
Agents brought in narcotics detection dogs from the Hidalgo County Sheriff's Office to examine the outside of the unit. The dogs alerted to narcotics odors coming from inside the storage unit.
Agents obtained a federal search warrant for the property. On Friday, they raided the unit and found about 20 commercial produce boxes filled with bricks of marijuana, as well as several rolls of packaging tape and clear plastic wrap.
Agents seized a total of 510 bricks of compressed marijuana that weighed 13,314 pounds. Agents also found and seized three assault rifles and two shotguns inside the unit.
The drugs carried a value of more than $11 million. No arrests have been made in the case.
Attacks continue in Matamoros
The Brownsville Herald
At least two grenades were thrown Monday evening along a busy boulevard in Matamoros that lies close to two international bridges.
Sources confirmed that two explosions went off at approximately 7:30 p.m. along Alvaro Obregon Boulevard near the intersection with Calle Sexta.
Five minutes before, a grenade had previously gone off near the Colonia Jardin neighborhood, which is close to a military base belonging to the Mexican Navy.
Details of the damages or if the explosions caused any injuries or casualties were not readily available, but at least two ambulances were called to the scene as authorities cordoned off the area, while a military helicopter patrolled the skies looking for any suspicious activity.
After the blast, all three international bridges in Brownsville remained open, confirmed U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokesman Eduardo Perez.
“We’re in communication with our Mexican counterparts and continue to monitor the situation in Mexico,” Perez said. “Our officers are constantly on alert and all of our ports of entry remain open and we continue to process traffic as it comes. Most important to us is the safety of our officers and our travelers.
A source with firsthand knowledge of criminal activity in Matamoros stated that the attacks are a continuation of the tactics of heating up the plaza or stirring things up which began a few weeks ago. The source stated that a group of Zetas are responisible for the attacks after they snuck into the city recently. They have had several heated forefights with the Gulf Cartel and the Mexican military during that time.
The group that lobbed the grenades is the same group that lobbed two grenades at the Matamoros General Hospital Friday night, the source said