LAREDO, Texas — U.S. Border Patrol agents and the Laredo Police Department jointly disrupted a narcotics smuggling attempt at the Texas-Mexico border yesterday and seized nearly 400 pounds or marijuana.
Late November 18, 2019, U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Laredo North Station responded to a report of several individuals crossing the Rio Grande River, northwest of Laredo on Flecha Lane, carrying bundles.
"As agents approached the scene, they observed subjects attempting to load bundles into a vehicle," read a statement from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection. "The subjects managed to load two bundles and then absconded towards the river dropping the remaining three bundles in the brush."
The suspect vehicle fled the scene and was encountered by Laredo Police Department officers who gave chase. The vehicle subsequently crashed-down into the Rio Grande River and the driver absconded back to Mexico.
Authorities recovered and seized the bundles which tested positive for marijuana. In total, 367 pounds of marijuana with an estimated value of $293,712.00 was seized. The Laredo Police Department recovered the vehicle and took custody of the narcotics.