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Suspected drug smuggler drives vehicle into Rio Grande Valley canal

September 17, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Suspected drug smuggler drives vehicle into Rio Grande Valley canal

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A Mexican national and a U.S. citizen are under arrest after a suspected drug smuggler, who tried to evade capture from pursuing Border Patrol agents, drove his vehicle into an irrigation canal near the point of entry in Pharr, Texas.

The crash occurred on Tuesday morning after U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents at the Weslaco Station set up a surveillance operation near the border city of San Juan, Texas after witnessing a suspicious vehicle heading southbound towards the Rio Grande.

In a press release, CBP officials said agents observed several men unloading bundles of narcotics into a 2006 gray BMW driven by 28-year-old Juan Antonio Alanis.

The suspected drug smuggler immediately fled as officers approached, igniting a pursuit. Officials said in an attempt to evade capture, the driver abruptly turned onto a dirt road and drove straight into an irrigation canal.

CBP agents surrounded the partially submerged vehicle and helped both the driver and passenger to safety before subsequently placing them under arrest.

Officials reported no injuries during the pursuit.

After removing the BMW from the canal, CBP officials said officers discovered four packages of marijuana, which weighed approximately 260 pounds, and six ounces of crack cocaine from the vehicle.

During a court hearing on Wednesday, U.S. Magistrate Judge Dorina Ramos ordered that Alanis remain in custody on no bond pending a detention hearing, the date of which has yet to be determined.

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