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.