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Homemade Spikes Do Not Stop Seizure of Narcotics by U.S. Border Patrol

Release Date: 
October 22, 2010

Sullivan City, Texas - In an attempt to evade apprehension, drug smugglers threw homemade spikes from their vehicle as U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Rio Grande City Station attempted to perform a vehicle stop on Thursday.

Border Patrol agents seize 638 lbs of marijuana near Sullivan City, TX.

On Oct. 21, Rio Grande City Border Patrol Agents seized 638 lbs of marijuana along with a 2004 Ford F-150 FX4 pickup truck after being spiked near Sullivan City, TX.

Agents on patrol south of Sullivan City attempted to stop a Ford F-150 after it was seen traveling north from the Rio Grande at a high rate of speed. The vehicle sped to La Joya where La Joya Police and a Texas Department of Public Safety trooper encountered the truck and followed it to Los Ebanos. The vehicle, loaded with more than 600 pounds of marijuana, was found abandoned in Los Ebanos. During the incident law enforcement and two civilian vehicles were disabled by the spikes.

Homemade spikes that were thrown at agents.

Homemade spikes thrown at agents on Oct. 21 near Sullivan City, TX in an attempt to evade apprehension.

Because smugglers continue to use these spikes on public roadways endangering innocent motorists, law enforcement authorities are asking for help from the public by contacting the Hidalgo County Crime Stoppers at 956-668-TIPS to report any information regarding the deployment or manufacture of spikes being utilized by smugglers.

The public is reminded that all callers will remain anonymous and all information will be kept confidential.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017