GARCENO, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Rio Grande City station disrupted a narcotic smuggling attempt.
On Monday, July 30, close to midnight, agents observed five subjects loading a vehicle with narcotics near the Rio Grande. Shortly after, the vehicle departed the area at a high rate of speed.
As agents responded, the driver returned to the river and abandoned the vehicle. Agents saw the driver swim to Mexico along with five other subjects.
Inside the vehicle, agents found 591 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated value of $473,552.
Agents seized the vehicle and turned the narcotics over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.
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