FRONTON, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents thwarted six major marijuana smuggling attempts in the Rio Grande Valley in recent days — seizing 2,130 pounds of marijuana with an estimated street value of $1,724,000.
Late Monday evening, Border Patrol agents assigned to the Special Operations Detachment observed several subjects carrying bundles of suspected narcotics across the Rio Grande near Fronton, Texas.
"As agents approached, the smugglers abandoned the bundles and fled to Mexico. A search of the area resulted in the seizure of over 1,200 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated street value of $979K," read a statement from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency.
In five separate smuggling attempts over the three days prior, CBP says an additional 930 pounds of marijuana, estimated at $745,000, was seized and six smugglers were arrested.