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Border Patrol Seizes Marijuana, Homemade Tire Spikes

Release Date: 
September 22, 2010

Edinburg, Texas - U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Rio Grande Valley, Texas sector seized two loads of narcotics and a duffle bag containing homemade tire spikes recently.

Gate on back of pick-up open, revealing bundles of marijuana.

Border Patrol agents assigned to the Rio Grande City station Tuesday seized this Ford F150 pickup, stuffed with 582 pounds of marijuana.

The last incident occurred Tuesday when agents from the Rio Grande City Station on patrol south of Sullivan City observed a Ford F-150 traveling north from the Rio Grande at a high rate of speed. As they followed the truck, the driver of the pickup attempted to evade agents by driving into a garage at an abandoned house. A group of men jumped out of the vehicle and fled into the brush. Inside the pickup the agents found nearly 600 pounds of marijuana and a bag containing homemade spikes.

On Monday agents from the McAllen Border Patrol station noticed a suspicious vehicle south of the levee near Granjeño. As agents approached, about 10 to 12 men carrying bundles ran toward the river. Some of the men dropped their bundles as they fled. A total of 11 bundles, weighing more than 600 pounds, were recovered from the smugglers and the Dodge Stratus. A records check revealed the vehicle had been reported stolen out of Mission.

Bag of metal tacks often used to blow out vehicle tires.

Agents also discovered this bag containing homemade spikes often used to blow out tires of vehicles involved in a chase.

The narcotics from both seizures are valued at close to $1 million and were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

"Fortunately these smugglers were stopped before using these homemade spikes. Smugglers do not hesitate to endanger the public when protecting their narcotics," Acting Chief Patrol Agent Ricardo E. Aguirre said. "We urge anyone who has information regarding the manufacture or use of these spikes to call the Hidalgo County Crime Stoppers at 956-668-TIPS."

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