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Drug Smugglers Arrested With Fake Water District Truck

November 20, 2015

Photo courtesy of USCBP.
Photo courtesy of USCBP.

Border Patrol agents arrested two men attempting to smuggle more than 674 pounds of marijuana through the Calexico checkpoint with a fake Imperial Irrigation District work truck.

Agents arrested the two men at 11:30 p.m. on Nov. 19, after a remote video surveillance operator noticed them enter the U.S. near the Drop 5 hydroelectric plant on the All-American Canal. The men loaded the bundles into a waiting pickup truck driven by a 25-year-old Mexican national.

The driver of the truck drove away and failed to yield to Border Patrol agents as they attempted to conduct a vehicle stop. The men abandoned the truck and attempted to flee into Mexico before they were arrested.

The Imperial Irrigation District was notified of the truck, a 2015 GMC Sierra bearing stolen license plates and fake magnetic agency logos.

The seized marijuana was valued at more than $404,000, according to a U.S. Customs and Border Protection release.

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