Chase ends with drug smuggler driving SUV into Rio Grande

February 07 2021 06:00 pm

EL PASO, Texas (Border Report) — A drug smuggler led U.S. Border Patrol agents on a chase before driving into the Rio Grande and swimming into Mexico.

Border agents said they observed bundles of marijuana being loaded into an SUV near a ranch in Laredo, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection news release. Agents attempted to stop the SUV near the ranch entrance, but the driver took off.

A CBP Air and Marine Operations helicopter joined the pursuit and kept an eye on the SUV until it plunged into the river and the driver fled into Mexico.

Border agents from a marine unit responded and recovered five bundles of marijuana from the submerged vehicle. The port weighed 372 pounds and valued at $297,200.

Agents recovered the SUV and turned over the marijuana to the DEA.

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