Posted: Jun 1, 2013 6:14 PM
Updated: Jun 3, 2013 7:23 AM
RIO GRANDE CITY - A chase in Rio Grande City ended with a crash and the confiscation of more than 1,300 pounds of marijuana.
But there was something different about this chase. Why are these types of drug runs becoming more frequent?
Police call it "a suicide drug run." That's when criminals load their cars with drugs and do not put any effort into disguising or covering their load.
Rio Grande City police said they saw a car driving down a road with marijuana clearly loaded in the back seat and in the passenger seat. They tried to pull the driver over; instead, a chase began.
The officer asked to remain anonymous, but he explained what these suicide loads say to police.
"If they're loading up that way, that means they're actually succeeding in getting their load to the stash house," said the officer. "I guess they just risk it and say ‘Let's go for it. If we get caught, we get caught.' If not, then they made it."
One Rio Grande City officer explained suicide drug loads are only typical near the border. Once they ship the drugs north of the Rio Grande Valley, they will put more effort into concealing and hiding the loads.
The officer said, in 2012, he busted 20 suicide drug runs. Police believe the driver who bailed out in this chase was able to make it to the the Rio Grande.