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EDINBURG, Texas — A drug smuggler rammed a Border Patrol vehicle while fleeing one of three recent busts in the Rio Grande Valley which netted more than 1,176 pounds of marijuana with an estimated street value over $660,000, according to U.S. Customs and Border Patrol.

The first bust was on Monday, December 23, 2019, when U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents assigned to Rio Grande City responded to information about individuals possibly loading narcotics into a red Dodge pickup truck.

Agents observed the Dodge pickup truck leaving the area and engaged in a pursuit which ended with the suspect vehicle ramming the marked Border Patrol vehicle and the suspect fleeing on foot. The driver evaded capture but, Border Patrol agents searched the truck and discovered 39 bundles of marijuana weighing 451 pounds worth an estimated $360,000.

On Tuesday, December 24, 2019, intelligence agents observed a white Chevrolet Tahoe possibly loaded with narcotics. A Texas Department of Public Safety trooper attempted to stop the vehicle which fled, bailed into a cane field, and resulted in the driver and several subjects fleeing on foot.

The driver, a United States citizen, and two Mexican nationals were captured. A search of the vehicle revealed 141 pounds of marijuana estimated at $112,000. The Texas Department of Public Safety took custody of the driver, vehicle, and marijuana.

On Thursday, December 26, 2019, Rio Grande City agents working line watch observed six subjects with five bundles of suspected narcotics make landfall on the United States riverbank south of Garciasville, Texas. Border Patrol agents responded to the area and apprehended four subjects, all Mexican nationals, and seized five bundles of marijuana weighing over 235 pounds with an estimated value of $188,000.

All four subjects and the marijauna were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration for further investigation.

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