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Agents Make Arrest; Seize Weapon, Marijuana

Release Date: 
November 18, 2010

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.

Agents seized 1,000 pounds of marijuana and a handgun from the vehicle

Blow out ends smuggling attempt

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.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017