Drug Smugglers Ditch SUVs in Rio Grande

Patrolling 'smugglers' alley' by air along the Rio Grande -- A highly unusual technique used by Mexican smugglers to elude capture by American authorities involves them driving trucks loaded with drugs into the waters of the Rio Grande. It happens after Border Patrol agents or Texas troopers spot a drug-laden vehicle on the U.S. side of the river and give chase. If the smugglers can't elude their pursuers – either by speeding up or by throwing spikes into the road to flatten the tires of the officers behind they – they will then head back to the same spot along the river where traffickers brought the drugs ashore after floating them across from Mexico. "If the loads get compromised, they will drive around in the United States, in Texas here, until they get their recovery teams set up on the river, to return the drugs back to Mexico," said Prince. The Texas Department of Public Safety has shot numerous helicopter videos of Mexican smugglers paddling over to the American side of the river to await the arrival of the truck racing toward them. When the truck reaches the riverbank, it keeps going – right into the water. Read more at http://dailynightly.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2011/11/29/9090507-patrolling-smugglers-alley-by-air-along-the-rio-grande

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