EDINBURG, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents over the weekend prevented over $1 million worth of marijuana from being spread throughout communities.
Agents working near Fronton on Saturday saw a Chevrolet Suburban traveling alongside the Rio Grande without its lights on, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
Units later found the Suburban abandoned near a river road. Agents searched the immediate area and witnessed several subjects jump into the Rio Grande, swimming back to Mexico.
Inside the abandoned Suburban, agents discovered 137 bundles of marijuana weighing over 1,300 pounds and worth an estimated $1M.
On Sunday, Weslaco agents noticed several subjects crossing the Rio Grande with bundles on their backs just south of Donna, Texas. Agents said they saw the subjects return to Mexico empty-handed. An immediate search of the area resulted in the discovery of 6 bundles of marijuana weighing 278 pounds and worth an estimated $222K.
The marijuana was turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.
The public is encouraged to take a stand against crime in their communities and report suspicious activity at 800-863-9382.