MISSION, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents thwarted a smuggling attempt resulting in the seizure of over 1,000 pounds of marijuana.
Early Friday morning, McAllen agents responded to a report of several subjects loading a white Suburban with bundles of marijuana south of Mission, Texas. As mobile units approached, the driver sped away in an attempt to evade, striking a Border Patrol vehicle in the process. The driver lost control of the vehicle and came to a stop when he drove off a levee road. Afterwards, the driver and passenger attempted to flee the scene but agents apprehended them with the assistance of an Air and Marine Operations air asset. Agents identified the driver and passenger as Mexican juveniles illegally present in the United States.
Inside the Suburban agents discovered 59 bricks of marijuana weighing 1,019 pounds and worth an estimated $815,704.00.
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