U.S. Border Patrol agents discovered a cache of marijuana, valued at nearly $98,000, left by “drug mules” in the East County community of Boulevard, a spokesman said Thursday.

The agents found 244 pounds of cannabis in five burlap bundles modified with backpack-style straps about 1 p.m. on Christmas Eve, said Border Patrol agent Jarrett Decker, but the smugglers remain at large.

Agents turned over the contraband to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, Decker said.

–City News Service