Fronton, Texas - U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Rio Grande City station seized nearly 600 pounds of marijuana Monday.
At about 3 p.m., agents observed a maroon Chevrolet truck drive north from the Rio Grande into the community of Fronton at a high rate of speed. The agents searched for the pickup and found it parked at a residence. Within an open shed behind the house, agents discovered 25 bricks of marijuana. The driver of the pickup had since fled.
The vehicle was seized and DEA assumed custody of the narcotics.
"Although 600 pounds of marijuana do not appear to be of much significance, the value of these drugs is close to half a million dollars," said Acting Chief Patrol Agent Ricardo E. Aguirre. "U.S. Border Patrol agents of the Rio Grande Valley Sector are making an impact on drug smugglers and will continue to do so, even if it's only a little bit at a time."
To report suspicious activity, call the Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol Sector's toll-free telephone number at (800) 863-9382.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.