LAREDO – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) seized 293 pounds of marijuana during a routine traffic stop on Wednesday, Feb. 10, in Webb County.
At approximately 6:30 p.m., a DPS trooper stopped a 2005 Ford pickup traveling south on US Highway 83 near mile marker 724, for a traffic violation. The driver refused to stop and kept going. The vehicle came to a stop on Cadena Street in El Cenizo near the Rio Grande riverbank. The driver fled on foot into the river, and attempted to swim towards the Mexican side. It is unknown at this time if the subject successfully made it into Mexico. A vehicle search revealed 12 wrapped bundles of marijuana concealed inside the vehicle.
DPS Tactical Marine Unit along with US Border Patrol are actively looking for the suspect. The DPS Criminal Investigation Division continues to further investigate this case.
(DPS - South Texas Region)