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Weed smuggler avoids U.S. authorities by taking a dip into the Rio Grande

May 5, 2022 | Media Partners, The GrowthOp

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Border patrol agents find almost 220 kilograms of cannabis inside an abandoned vehicle

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The driver of a van containing almost 220 kilograms of illegal cannabis opted to flee border patrol, kicking off a vehicle pursuit, before driving into the Rio Grande and swimming to Mexico.

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After the fleeing Silverado drove through a fence, it struck a border patrol vehicle before driving into the Rio Grande. The driver was seen going into Mexico.

Though he evaded capture, the driver left behind 22 bundles of cannabis valued at $516,000.

CBP reports its Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol Sector has seized more than 9,525 kilograms of narcotics from Oct. 1, 2021, through Mar. 2022.

That is a significant haul of drugs. The US Drug Enforcement Administration notes in a recent report that “Mexico remains the most significant foreign source for marijuana in the United States; however, in U.S. markets, Mexican marijuana has largely been supplanted by domestic-produced marijuana.”

In the most recent incident, it is believed the would-be smuggler made it into Texas by ferrying the vehicle across the river, an increasingly common way to transport illicit cannabis.

Just this past March, agents with the Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol intercepted a half-million-dollar shipment of weed being ferried across the river.

The Chevrolet Trailblazer, packed with 28 bundles of cannabis weighing 294 kilograms and worth an estimated $648,750, was spotted. The driver then jumped into the river and swam to Mexico.

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