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Authorities Seize 480 Pounds of Drugs Following Bail Out in Starr Co.

3 years 2 weeks 12 hours ago Friday, September 15 2017 Sep 15, 2017 September 15, 2017 1:06 PM September 15, 2017 in News

GARCENO – A total of 40 bundles of drugs was seized by U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents and sheriff’s deputies in Starr County last week following a bail out.

On Sept. 7 before 5:00 p.m., Starr County Sheriff’s deputies responded to La Prieta Road by riverbanks in Garceno, a community west of Rio Grande City.

Deputies arrived and met with Border Patrol agents, who said a silver 2007 Pontiac passenger vehicle went into the riverbank and a male driver was seen swimming across the river into Mexico.

Authorities said the vehicle had several bundles of marijuana.

One Border Patrol agent said he saw the vehicle traveling southbound towards his marked USBP unit as if it was going to strike the unit. The agent pulled out his service weapon and fired four times through the windshield of the suspect’s vehicle, striking it twice.

The agent then drove out of the way to avoid a collision with the suspect.

No evidence was found to show that the suspect was injured by the gunshots.

The driver has not been identified and the case is still under investigation by the Starr County Sheriff’s Office. The bundles of marijuana seized weighed 480 pounds.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the sheriff’s office at (956) 487-5571.

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