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.
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.
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.
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.