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Smugglers Abandon Almost One Ton of Drugs After Roll Over

Release Date: 
May 26, 2010

La Casita, Texas - U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Rio Grande City Station seized 128 bundles of marijuana this afternoon from a rolled-over vehicle.

An F-250 pickup truck that rolled over during a pursuit by Border Patrol agents spilled nearly a ton of marijuana in bales on the road.

An F-250 pickup truck that rolled over during a pursuit by Border Patrol agents spilled nearly a ton of marijuana in bales on the road.

Agents on patrol observed a suspicious, newer-model maroon F-250 pickup truck traveling north from the Rio Grande at a high rate of speed. When the agents approached, the driver of the pickup made an abrupt U-turn and attempted to head back to the river. The driver lost control of the truck, causing it to roll over and scatter bundles of marijuana onto the roadway. The driver managed to flee into the surrounding brush.

At the scene of the accident, agents found almost one ton of marijuana, which was valued at more than $1.4 million.

To report suspicious activity in the area, contact the Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol Sector's toll-free telephone number at 1-800-863-9382.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017