Sunday, July 3, 2011

BP Agents Rescue Smuggler

BP Agents Rescue Smuggler

Non-swimmer jumped into irrigation canal in an attempt to avoid apprehension.

U.S. Border PatrolBorder Patrol agents, assigned to the Brackettville Station, seized more than 300 pounds of marijuana with an estimated street value of more than $246,000 on Tuesday – rescuing a suspected drug smuggler in the process.

Around 7 p.m., Brackettville Station agents observed several individuals attempting to transport several duffle bags across a large irrigation canal near Del Rio. As agents approached them, one of the subjects jumped into the canal in an attempt to avoid apprehension. A CBP Air and Marine helicopter unit assisted in locating the subject in the water as he yelled for help struggling to stay afloat. An agent dove into the canal and was able to keep him from drowning as other agents formed a human chain pulling them both to safety. The subject was taken to Val Verde Regional Medical Center where he was treated for water inhalation and was later released.

The duffle bags contained more than 300 pounds of marijuana, with an estimated value of $246,000. The subject along with three others and the marijuana were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration for prosecution

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