Fronton, TX – Video captured images of suspected drug cartel members making their way across the Rio Grande River into the United States on Saturday, toting big rifles and body armor across the border with them.
Three men were filmed by security cameras crossing the U.S. border in the Fronton area on the evening of Aug. 5, FOX News reported.
Law enforcement sources told FOX News that the men were wearing body armor and carrying rifles as they moved through the brush.
U.S. Border Patrol agents, including the tactical unit, were deployed to intercept the illegal border crossers but couldn’t find the suspects when they arrived on the scene.
The suspects still have not been apprehended.
Cartel gunmen equipped with military grade body armor are crossing back and forth across the US/Mexican Border. pic.twitter.com/iZSzsMpsi7
— 𝐉𝐎𝐇𝐍 𝐖𝐈𝐂𝐊 𝕏ʰⁱᵗᵐᵃⁿ 🏴☠️ (@imUrB00gieman) August 8, 2023
The area is the same stretch where five suspected Northeast Cartel members were captured in June, FOX News reported.
A trio of armed men were seen crossing the southern border into #Texas on Saturday in what is believed to be the latest incident of suspected Mexican cartel members making their way onto US soil. pic.twitter.com/aHD8bvc5h6
— Isolated Incidents (@diversity999x) August 9, 2023
Just days before, a Texas Department of Public Safety (TDPS) drone captured video of armed smugglers helping illegal immigrants cross the Rio Grande River at Eagle Pass.
Fox News: Suspected cartel gunmen were seen on camera illegally crossing the border and escaping into the U.S.
The border is NOT secure. pic.twitter.com/Nm93nFG4gH
— GOP (@GOP) August 8, 2023
Authorities tried to catch that suspect, too, but the man fled back across the river and escaped into Mexico, according to FOX News.
WATCH: @TxDPS Lieutenant Chris Olivarez on gunmen illegally crossing the border:
“It’s the criminal element – it’s the Mexican drug cartels that have been able to expand their criminal network … they are causing harm by killing tens of thousands Americans with fentanyl.” pic.twitter.com/OXjaEAPNI5
— GOP (@GOP) August 9, 2023
TDPS Lieutenant Chris Olivarez said the armed suspects were perfect examples of why the state of Texas was working so hard to shut down its part of the border.
“It’s the criminal element – it’s the Mexican drug cartels that have been able to expand their criminal network… they are causing harm by killing tens of thousands Americans with fentanyl,” Lt. Olivarez said.