U.S. Customs and Border Protection said 1,300 pounds of marijuana with a street value of about $1,084,633 were seized after an SUV rollover near Fronton, Texas.
Officials said agents assigned to the Rio Grande City Border Patrol Station on Wednesday acted on information received to disrupt a narcotics smuggle attempt near the border town. Agents observed a maroon SUV heading south toward the Rio Grande River and later encountered the vehicle flipped on its side with its driver nowhere to be found.
The CBP said the driver likely absconded into Mexico and left behind 19 bundles of marijuana, which were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.
“We are fortunate that the actions of our agents prevented the driver from entering a residential neighborhood with complete disregard for the safety of those in the area,” said Chief Patrol Agent Manuel Padilla Jr. “Continuous attempts to smuggle these massive amounts of narcotics are symptoms of a porous border and emphasizes the need for additional personnel, technology and infrastructure to stop these events from occurring.”