MISSION, Texas – Rio Grande Valley Sector Border Patrol agents thwarted a narcotics smuggling event and seized more than 1,000 pounds of marijuana after smugglers drove their vehicle into the Rio Grande River.
The “splashdown” incident occurred Wednesday when Border Patrol Agents patrolling south of Mission, Texas witnessed a brown GMC pickup truck drive towards the Rio Grande River. Minutes later, the same vehicle was seen driving away from the river at a high rate of speed then make a U-turn as agents approached. suspected smuggler ultimately drove the truck into the river and swam back to Mexico along with several subjects. Agents seized several bundles of marijuana at the scene. Efforts to recover the vehicle were postponed until today.
On today’s date, RGV’s Border Patrol Search, Trauma, and Rescue (BORSTAR) unit recovered the pickup truck from the river which contained additional contraband.
A total of 74 bundles of marijuana were seized weighing 1,165 pounds with an estimated value of $932,000. The truck was seized by Border Patrol.
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.