Game wardens seize thousands of feet of gill net, 2 tons of drugs in South Texas

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Texas Parks & Wildlife Department
Texas Parks & Wildlife Department

Game wardens seized more than 10,000 feet of illegal gill net and about two tons of marijuana during separate week-long enforcement operations in South Texas.

The operations — which involved dozens of wardens — focused on apprehending poachers, trespassers, human smugglers and drug smugglers. Operation Brush Guard took place near Kingsville and Falfurrias while Operation Tilapia focused on Falcon International Reservoir near Zapata.  The operations included support from the U.S. Border Patrol, county sheriffs and the Texas Department of Public Safety.

Game wardens seized nearly two tons of marijuana from three boats on Falcon while conducting surveillance on gill netters from Mexico.

During Operation Brush Guard, 345 pounds of marijuana and 3.9 grams of cocaine were seized. Additionally, game wardens filed 14 citations and warnings, and made four arrests.

Tota, seizures included 10,240 feet of illegal gill net, five vessels, fouroutboard motors, nine vehicles and 4,291 pounds of marijuana.

Texas Parks & Wildlife Department
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Will Leschper is founder of The Texas Outdoor Digest. He has been recognized for Excellence in Craft by the Outdoor Writers Association of America and the Texas Outdoor Writers Association. He is Conservation Editor of Texas Fish & Game Magazine and is a regular contributor to the Journal of the Texas Trophy Hunters, in addition to writing for plenty of of now-defunct publications.

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