C.B.P. News Release

Smuggler Abandons Vehicle Full of Marijuana to Avoid Arrest

(Tuesday, July 28, 2009)

Rio Grande City, Texas - U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Rio Grande City Station seized 508 pounds marijuana yesterday south of Sullivan City, Texas.

Border Patrol agents on patrol near the Los Ebanos port of entry observed several men emerge from the river carrying what appeared to be sugar sacks and load them onto a black Volkswagen Jetta. The agents trailed the vehicle to a remote area where the driver accelerated and rammed the vehicle into a cluster of mesquite and prickly pear. The driver abandoned his vehicle and fled into the dense vegetation.

Discovered within the vehicle were 68 bricks of marijuana with a street value of $406,400.00. DEA assumed custody of the vehicle and the narcotics.

To report suspicious activity, contact the Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol Sectors’ toll free telephone number at 1-800-863-9382.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.

Contacts For This News Release
Rio Grande Sector
CBP Public Affairs
Phone: (956) 289-4934 or
(956) 289-4845 or
(956) 289-4998

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