Gulf Cartel Smugglers Evade Arrest in Texas After Splashdown Maneuver

On July 4 at approximately 7:30 am, Border Patrol agents working in the Rio Grande City station responded to a smuggling event in Escobares, Texas, at the banks of the river.

Agents observed a red Chevrolet pickup truck submerged in the border river and several suspects swimming back to Mexico. Agents witnessed five bundles, believed to be narcotics, and a raft crossing back to Mexico. Agents also saw 14 suspects in the water and on the Mexico side of the river in support of the operation.