Border Patrol agents apprehended a large number of illegal immigrants and seized $261,732 of marijuana near Freer, Texas.
In the early morning hours of January 15, 2020 agents observed a dump truck style tractor-trailer turn off a U.S. highway. When agents attempted to perform a vehicle stop, the driver attempted to abscond by continuing to travel several miles until crashing through a ranch fence.
As agents approached the dump truck, several individuals absconded into the nearby brush. Through a collaborative effort, Border Patrol agents working with a helicopter apprehended 61 individuals.
Immigration checks revealed that the individuals were in the country illegally and from the countries of Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka.
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Agents also discovered 19 bundles of marijuana in the cab of the dump truck that weighed approximately 327.02 lbs. with an approximate street value of $261,732.80.