$7.5 million of marijuana seized from Harlingen warehouse
Mon, 20 May 2013 16:32:56 GMT —
More than $7.5 million worth of marijuana is off the streets after authorities raided a Harlingen warehouse where they found it stacked on palettes.
It all happened at a warehouse off West Expressway 83 between Stuart Place and Dilworth Roads late Friday morning.
Harlingen police told Action 4 News that an officer patrolling the area noticed suspicious activity at the warehouse.
The officer noticed that marijuana was being loaded into the trailer of an 18-wheeler.
Investigators went inside the warehouse where they reported finding 5 tons of marijuana stacked on palettes.
Authorities believe the marijuana is worth $7.5 million dollars on the streets.
Harlingen Police Chief Tom Whitten said the drug seizure is the largest in the history of the city.
No arrests have been reported at this time but the case remains under investigation.
U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) spokeswoman Nina Pruneda spoke to Action 4 News about the seizure.
Pruneda said Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) assigned to the White Sands HIDTA Anti-Drug Task Force are now heading up the investigation.
According to Pruneda, the marijuana was among boxes of noodles and other food items.
Pruneda said those food items were not contaminated by the marijuana and were seized and given to the Food Bank RGV, churches and other charities.