Raft used to ferry a pick-up truck full of weed across the Rio Grande River into the U.S.

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Yet another would-be smuggler ended up swimming the Rio Grande River back to Mexico after a failed bid to surreptitiously bring cannabis into the U.S. This time, though, smugglers married inventiveness with practicality when they rafted a Ford Ranger jammed with 565 pounds (256 kilograms) of weed across the river from Mexico into the U.S., not far from Brownsville, Tex. The attempt did not escape the notice of agents with the Rio Grande Valley (RGV) Border Patrol’s Fort Brown station, notes a statement from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). U.S. customs tipped off when driver coming from Mexico to Texas seemed to be hauling absolutely nothing Border patrol agents follow footprints along Rio Grande and discover nearly 200 pounds of cannabis Operation Lone Star gets its weed, but not its men Once the pick-up truck made landfall in Texas, the agents and troopers from the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) worked to initiate a vehicle stop. But the driver would not yield, opting to speed toward the Rio Grande River. At that point, the driver abandoned the truck and swam back to Mexico. The pick-up truck was promptly searched and the agent discovered 24 bundles of marijuana that were valued at more than US$452,000 ($546,920). The weed and truck were turned over to DPS. It is certainly not the first time that a cannabis-smuggling bid from Mexico to the U.S. has had to be abandoned, leaving the would-be suspects all wet. Last October, CBP agents in Texas spotted several individuals crossing the river while carrying bundles. When they reached a park on the U.S. side of the river, the agents saw the swimmers load what turned out to be 300 pounds (136 kg) of cannabis into a sports utility vehicle that had entered the park. But the driver…

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