RIO GRANDE CITY, Texas – On Monday, February 26, Border Patrol agents observed several subjects load a pickup truck with suspected narcotics near the river area in Rio Grande City. As agents responded, the pickup was spotted on U.S. Highway 83. Agents attempted to stop the vehicle but the driver failed to yield, lost control, and crashed into another vehicle. Agents quickly rendered aid to both drivers involved and had them transported to local hospitals for medical evaluation.
Agents identified the driver of the pickup as an adult Mexican national, illegally present in the United States. Furthermore, the pickup was loaded with 30 bundles of marijuana weighing more than 340 pounds and worth an estimated $272K.
The driver and the narcotics will be turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.
“We are fortunate that this accident, which occurred at the hands of drug smugglers, wasn’t fatal,” said RGV Sector Chief Patrol Agent Manuel Padilla, Jr. “Innocent members of the general public do not deserve to be impacted by this criminal activity.”
The public is encouraged to take a stand against crime in their communities and to help save lives by reporting suspicious activity at 800-863-9382.
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.