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Smugglers Plunge into Rio Grande to Elude Apprehension

Release Date: 
March 23, 2010

Mission, Texas - U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the McAllen Station seized 1,018 pounds of marijuana Tuesday morning after smugglers drove into the Rio Grande.

A vehicle loaded with marijuana is retrieved from the Rio Grande River.

A vehicle loaded with marijuana is retrieved from the Rio Grande River.

Agents on bike patrol near Mission observed a blue Suburban driving down to the river with its lights off. The agents observed the vehicle load up with bundles and attempt to leave the area. When agents in vehicles arrived to intercept the smugglers, the smuggler made a U-turn and plunged the Suburban into the river.

The driver of the vehicle jumped out prior to it being submerged. Two subjects attempted to retrieve the narcotics from inside the vehicle but fled back into Mexico as Border Patrol boats arrived and secured the area. The vehicle was retrieved from the river and agents seized eight bundles of marijuana from inside.

The marijuana is valued at $814,400 and was turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

McAllen Border Patrol agents unload 1,018 pounds of marijuana from a vehicle.

McAllen Border Patrol agents unload 1,018 pounds of marijuana from a vehicle.

This was McAllen Border Patrol Station's second narcotics seizure for the day, and is a great example of the hard work agents perform to secure our nation's borders.

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

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017