EDINBURG, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents continue to disrupt narcotic smuggling attempts throughout the Rio Grande Valley.
On Saturday, agents working near Fronton, Texas, observed several subjects illegally crossing the Rio Grande with bundles of narcotics. As the agents responded to the area, they observed a green SUV believed to be involved with the smuggling attempt. When agents encountered the smugglers, the illegal border crossers abandoned the marijuana and fled to Mexico. An immediate search of the area resulted in the discovery of 17 bundles of marijuana weighing over 1,100 pounds, worth an estimated $920K. Additionally, agents located the green SUV abandoned in the middle of the river.
In the past three days, agents in the Rio Grande Valley seized over 2,000 pounds of marijuana worth over $1.7M.
The public is encouraged to take a stand against crime in their communities and report suspicious activity 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 official ports of entry. CBP is charged with securing the borders of the United States while enforcing hundreds of laws and facilitating lawful trade and travel.