Border Patrol agents seize about 521 pounds of marijuana near Fronton

Border Patrol agents seized about 521 pounds of marijuana Thursday near Fronton.

Agents assigned to the Rio Grande City Border Patrol Station obtained information about a blue Jeep Commander loaded with drugs, according to the criminal complaint. They tracked down the Jeep and stopped the driver on Farm-to-Market Road 650 near Fronton.

"Agents approached the vehicle and clearly observed large bundles in the rear cabin of the vehicle," according to the criminal complaint.

Border Patrol seized 21 bundles of marijuana and arrested the driver, a Mexican citizen named Santos Cruz-Medina.

Agents from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration questioned Cruz about the marijuana.

According to the criminal complaint:

CRUZ-Medina stated he crossed into the U.S. illegally in the evening on 03-08-17. CRUZ-Medina stated he was crossed by several armed men who kept him at a safe house along the Rio Grande River in Fronton, TX overnight. CRUZ-Medina stated a few hours prior to his arrest, a male who was armed, forced him to drive the load vehicle.

Cruz is charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana and conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute marijuana.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Dorina Ramos scheduled a preliminary examination and detention hearing for Wednesday.

An attorney for Cruz couldn't be reached for comment.

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