Alamo, Texas - A Customs and Border Protection Office of Air and Marine helicopter assisted U.S. Border Patrol agents Wednesday evening with the apprehension of a drug smuggler, and the seizure of more than 1,000 pounds of marijuana and a handgun.
An OAM air interdiction unit spotted a group of men by the Rio Grande south of Alamo, as it appeared they were loading a pickup with bundles. The OAM pilot radioed Border Patrol agents from the Weslaco station and informed them of his observation. Agents in the vicinity responded and spotted the vehicle traveling north from the river and attempted to make a vehicle stop. The driver failed to yield to the agents and, after a brief pursuit, the pickup's rear tire blew out and the vehicle came to a stop. The driver exited the vehicle and fled on foot, but quickly was apprehended. The agents also found a small handgun in close proximity to the suspect. Discovered within the vehicle were several bundles of marijuana.
The marijuana, with an estimated value of $825,000, was turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration along with the subject and the weapon.
To report suspicious activity, call the Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol Sector's toll-free telephone number at 1(800) 863-9382.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.