Border Patrol Rescues Suspect from the Rio Grande
BROWNSVILLE, Texas – Border Patrol Riverine agents rescued a Mexican national who nearly drowned in the Rio Grande, Tuesday.
Brownsville Border Patrol agents were pursuing a group of suspected smugglers when the group jumped into the river to avoid capture.
Border Patrol Riverine and mobile units responded to the area and watched the group swim to Mexico but one person who was struggling to stay afloat began shouting for assistance. A Border Patrol boat responded and rescued the 18 year-old man.
Border Patrol mobile and K9 units, who began an extensive search of the area, discovered three bundles of marijuana weighing 71 pounds and worth over $50,000.
The Mexican national underwent medical evaluation, and when cleared medically, was arrested. The case remains under investigation.
The public is encouraged to take a stand against crime in our communities and to help save lives by reporting suspicious activity at 800-863-9382. RGV currently has multiple campaigns, like “Operation Big Rig” and “No Se Arriesgue” to combat smuggling and ultimately save lives.
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.