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Drug Smuggler killed crash after attempting to evade Border Patrol agents near Laredo, Texas

June 22, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Drug Smuggler killed crash after attempting to evade Border Patrol agents near Laredo, Texas

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A drug smuggler was killed in a rollover collision near Laredo, Texas, while trying to evade Border Patrol agents.

Agents discovered five large bundles of marijuana inside the SUV after the crash that occurred on June 14th.

Agents assigned to the Laredo Sector noticed a Toyota SUV driving at high speeds toward the border city of Laredo. The agents made a U-turn in an effort to catch up with the vehicle, KWTX reported.

The agents were not able to catch up with the car because of how fast the suspect was driving. Other units in the area also saw the vehicle but were not able to catch up with it. Information about the vehicle was sent to Border Patrol communications and another patrol unit located the vehicle after it crashed.

When the agents arrived on the scene they discovered that the driver had lost control of the car and rolled over. Agents said the driver was expelled from the SUV during the incident and suffered from serious injuries.

The agents promptly provided emergency medical assistance and CPR. EMS officials arrived shortly after and declared the driver dead at the scene.

A search of the vehicle exposed five large bundles of marijuana.

Officials identified the driver as a 19-year-old male who is a citizen of the U.S. The smuggler’s identity is being withheld until his family members are notified.

Border Patrol agents turned the drugs and SUV to the Laredo Police Department who will proceed with the investigation.

That same day, authorities seized a significant amount of cocaine during a smuggling attempt at the Juarez Internation Bridge that joins Laredo and the city of Nuevo Laredo, Mexico.

CBP officers witnessed a Chevy Aveo approaching the checkpoint Mexico. The officers referred the driver to a secondary inspection.

The officers recovered 19 bundles of cocaine, which weighed 47 pounds and is worth an estimated $364,140.

Officials apprehended the driver, a Mexican national from Monterrey, Nuevo Leon. The officers turned the driver, drugs, and vehicle over to Homeland Security agents for further investigation.

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