US flag Official website of the Department of Homeland Security

Archived Content

In an effort to keep current, the archive contains content from a previous administration or is otherwise outdated.

Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol Agents Seize Marijuana after “Splashdown” Incident

Release Date: 
September 29, 2017

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.

Vehicle used in "spalshdown" being pulled out of the Rio Grande
Vehicle used in "splashdown" being
pulled out of the Rio Grande

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.

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.

Please visit to view additional news releases and other information pertaining to Customs and Border Protection. Follow us at @CBPRGV.

Last modified: 
February 3, 2021