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Drug smugglers crash load vehicle into a canal in the Rio Grande Valley

Release Date: 
September 15, 2016

Pharr, Texas –A drug smuggler drove his vehicle into an irrigation canal on Tuesday, resulting in the arrest of a United States citizen and a

Mexican national. 

Bail out vehicle ends in canal
Bail out vehicle ends in canal

The incident occurred when Weslaco Station agents saw several subjects loading bundles of narcotics into a vehicle. As agents approached, the driver fled the scene. Agents pursued the vehicle until the driver abruptly turned onto a dirt road and drove the vehicle into an irrigation canal. Agents surrounded the vehicle and assisted the driver and passenger to safety and placed them under arrest.  The partly submerged vehicle contained four bundles of marijuana, weighing approximately 260 pounds, and six ounces of crack cocaine. No injuries were reported and the vehicle was removed from the canal.

The case has been referred to the Drug Enforcement Administration for investigation and prosecution.

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Last modified: 
February 9, 2017