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Smuggler in south Texas crashes vehicle, leaves behind 336 pounds of weed

December 18, 2016  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Smuggler in south Texas crashes vehicle, leaves behind 336 pounds of weed

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A suspected drug smuggler trying to evade capture by Border Patrol agents crashed a Jeep and fled on foot on Monday — leaving behind 336 pounds of pot near San Juan, a federal criminal complaint revealed.

Just before 4:30 pm on Monday, agents noticed a Jeep drive south on San Juan Road and stopped near the Rio Grande, in a vehicle that was packed with marijuana, ValleyCentral reported.

When the Jeep drove north, agents tried to pull over the driver.

“As Border Patrol Agents approached the vehicle with their emergency lights, the Jeep attempted to turn back towards the river, getting stuck in a ditch,” the criminal complaint stated.

The vehicle’s driver, Rodolfo Santamaria-Ybarra, and Chimira Glover, a passenger in the car, got out of the vehicle and tried to flee.

Border Patrol recovered eight packages of marijuana from the vehicle.
When questioned, Santamaria-Ybarra told U.S. DEA agents that he agreed to carry the marijuana in exchange for $5,000.

Santamaria-Ybarra and Glover were both charged with possession with the intention to distribute the drug.

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