Smuggler splashes down in the Rio Grande Valley – Border Patrol seizes drugs
LA ROSITA, Texas – On Wednesday, Rio Grande City Border Patrol agents stopped a narcotics smuggling attempt and seized nearly 600 pounds of marijuana after a smuggler drove their load vehicle into the Rio Grande.
The “splashdown” incident occurred when Border Patrol agents witnessed several subjects loading large bundles inside a Cadillac Escalade near the Rio Grande.
Minutes later, agents observed the vehicle departing at a high rate of speed. The driver made an abrupt U-turn as responding agents approached and ultimately drove the Escalade into the river. Agents saw the subject swim back to Mexico.
Agents seized 47 bundles of marijuana with an estimated value of $460K.
The High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force took custody of the marijuana and SUV.
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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.