U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Laredo North Station assisted by the Laredo Police Department (LPD) disrupted a narcotics smuggling attempt in Laredo, Texas.
The incident occurred late in the evening on November 18, when agents responded to a report of several individuals crossing the Rio Grande River carrying bundles, northwest of Laredo on Flecha Lane. As agents approached the scene, they observed subjects attempting to load bundles into a vehicle. The subjects managed to load two bundles and then absconded towards the river dropping the remaining three bundles in the brush. The vehicle fled the scene, but was quickly encountered by LPD officers.
LPD pursued the vehicle until it finally drove into the river with the driver absconding back to Mexico.
The bundles tested positive for marijuana, with a total weight of 367 Lbs. (166.4 KG) with an estimated value of $293,712.00. LPD recovered the vehicle and took custody of the narcotics.