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Contraband
06/03/2011

ICE seizes 1,100 pounds of marijuana from bunker under south Texas garage

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ROMA, Texas - More than 1,100 pounds of marijuana was discovered on Thursday in a secluded bunker under a house garage by agents with U.S. Immigration and Custom Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). The marijuana has an estimated street value of $1 million.

ICE HSI special agents on June 2 executed a federal search warrant on a residence located at the end of Raucon Street in Roma, Texas. During the search they discovered a bunker beneath the garage. According to ICE HSI, the bunker was made through an old restroom that had the floor removed which ultimately opened into a10-foot-long corridor leading to the bunker. ICE HSI agents discovered 73 bundles of marijuana weighing 1,159 pounds inside the bunker. The bunker measures 30 feet long, 15 feet wide and 10 feet high.

"Taking more than 1,100 pounds of marijuana off our streets is a great success, but we're also denying the profits to the drug smuggling organization that formerly owned these narcotics," said Jerry Robinette, special agent in charge of ICE HSI in San Antonio. "The evidence we collected as part of this search warrant will also help us to continue this investigation to eventually dismantle the entire organization."

This marijuana seizure represents the very early stages of this investigation. No arrests have been made related to this drug seizure.

ICE was assisted by Roma Police Department, Rio Grande City Police Department and the Starr County Sheriff's Office.

This is an ongoing investigation.