Submerged car had nearly $1 million in marijuana

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    Submerged car had nearly $1 million in marijuana

    BROWNSVILLE — Border Patrol agents and state troopers recovered 1,227 pounds of marijuana in a vehicle submerged in the Rio Grande as part of a multi-agency effort to find and extract drug-carrying vehicles, Customs and Border Protection said Wednesday.

    The older model Mercury Grand Marquis had been in the river near La Joya since mid-October, when smugglers drove it into the water during a pursuit.

    Smugglers often use the tactic to avoid being caught and to salvage as much contraband as possible later, CBP said. Efforts are underway to remove vehicles to minimize environmental damage to the river.

    Boulders placed on the banks south of Anzalduas Park in Mission have created a vehicle barrier, and the agency is considering putting them elsewhere.

    The 25 bundles of marijuana have an estimated street value of $981,600.

    By Lynn Brezosky - Express-News
    Web Posted: 11/25/2009 5:16 CST

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