Mexican Drug Smugglers Fire at Border Patrol Agents From Across Rio Grande
Source: Associated Press
September 14, 2010
ANZALDUAS PARK – Early Saturday morning, Border Patrol agents in Texas chased a suspected drug smuggler back to the banks of the Rio Grande close to Anzalduas Park.
The driver of the vehicle jumped out and swam back to the Mexican side of the river, abandoning more than a thousand pounds of marijuana.
While agents unloaded the drugs from the smuggler’s van, gunmen on the other shore opened fire on them.
The agents returned fire.
Fortunately, no agents were hurt in the gun battle.
Though rarely reported by the mainstream press, armed conflicts along the border with Mexican drug and human smugglers are becoming a rather common event.
The Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol sector,which is responsible for approximately 300 miles of the U.S./Mexican border, is on track to intercept one million pounds of marijuana this fiscal year alone.