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Van Plunged Into Floodwaters by Smugglers

Release Date: 
July 22, 2010

Mission, Texas - U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the McAllen Station thwarted a suspected narcotics smuggling attempt this morning.

McAllen Agents seized a Chevy Astro minivan submerged in floodwaters after a thwarted smuggling attempt south of Mission, Texas, on July 22.

McAllen Agents seized a Chevy Astro minivan submerged in floodwaters after a thwarted smuggling attempt south of Mission, Texas, on July 22.

At about 9 a.m., agents on patrol south of Mission encountered a Chevy Astro minivan backed up against a bar gate just north of the Rio Grande. Upon the agents approach, the driver of the van slammed through the gate in reverse and drove the vehicle approximately 50 feet into invading floodwaters.

Smugglers waiting on a raft, a boat and personal watercraft retrieved the suspected narcotics from the submerged van, loaded the bundles into the vessels and fled the scene along with the driver. The vehicle had just been loaded with the suspected narcotics and was about to depart when the agents came upon it.

McAllen Agents seize a Chevy Astro minivan submerged in floodwaters after a thwarted smuggling attempt south of Mission, Texas, on July 22.

McAllen Agents seize a Chevy Astro minivan submerged in floodwaters after a thwarted smuggling attempt south of Mission, Texas, on July 22.

"This is an example of how agents adapt to changing terrains and how their due diligence is not affected by these altered conditions," said Acting Chief Patrol Agent Ricardo Aguirre.

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Last modified: 
February 9, 2017