Pot, Parrot Seized at Border

Tuesday, May 17, 2011  |  Updated 10:04 AM CDT
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Pot, Parrot Seized at Border

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A parrot, like this one, was found left behind by drug smugglers.

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U.S. border agents amassed a ton-and-a-half of marijuana in seizures during the weekend along the far southern stretch of the Rio Grande -- but there was more.

A U.S. Border Patrol statement issued Monday says agents patrolling the U.S. shore Friday night scared a group of suspected smugglers into the bushes, leaving behind a black trash bag. Inside the bag was a beer box, concealing an Amazon parrot.

The bird was turned over to customs officials at Roma, who estimated its worth at more than $200.

The Border Patrol says the marijuana taken in the weekend seizures is worth nearly $2.4 million.

The biggest seizure was 1,300 pounds of marijuana found in a truck abandoned by suspects Friday night as agents approached near Escobares, 100 miles upstream from Brownsville.

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