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Drug Smuggler Apprehended

Amistad National Recreation Area

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On the morning of July 25th, rangers took a report from a 28-year-old Del Rio man who said that his truck had been stolen the night before from the Southwinds Marina.  The man said that he had left the truck parked near a picnic area with the keys in the gas fill compartment and that upon returning during the night found his truck gone.  He said he then left the area to continue drinking with his friends and only thought about his truck being stolen the next morning.  A routine computer check on the man disclosed that he was wanted for evading detention.  The ranger placed him under arrest and transported him to the local jail.  Later in the morning, the Border Patrol contacted rangers to relay information on three drug smugglers who had eluded them the previous night.  They reported that the load of marijuana had been transported by boat through the park and transferred to a pickup at the park's Box Canyon boat ramp.  They then pursued the individuals, who crashed the truck into a rancher's high game fence and fled on foot, eluding capture.  With the truck description, rangers realized that it matched the reportedly stolen vehicle.  Rangers and Border Patrol and DEA agents then interviewed the man, who admitted to his involvement in smuggling the 218 pounds of marijuana through the park.



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