MCALLEN, Texas — Texas border sheriff’s deputies seized close to 700 pounds of marijuana hidden in an underground bunker.
The recent seizure was made east of Rio Grande City when Starr County Sheriff’s Deputies obtained information about marijuana being stored on an area property and were able to get a search warrant, Major Carlos Delgado told Breitbart Texas in a prepared statement.
Deputies searching the property ended up going to an outside storage shed that led to the entry of an underground bunker where agents found 31 large bundles of marijuana weighing a total of 679 pounds. No arrests have been made in the case so far, authorities said.
A series of court records accessed by Breitbart Texas revealed that underground bunkers have a history of being used by drug traffickers in Starr County in order to hide large quantities of marijuana and cocaine.
In June 2013, Texas DPS troopers found 6,937 pounds of marijuana in two separate bunkers in rural Starr County.
In March 2013, agents with Homeland Security Investigations found 1,200 pounds of marijuana in bunker under a garage in the border city of Roma.
In May 2014, Investigators with the Starr County High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force found close to 800 pounds of marijuana in an underground bunker near the town of Escobares.