The Texas highway police have stopped a convoy of Mexican drug traffickers and stolen vehicles believed to be linked to a major cocaine cartel in north Texas, authorities said.
The agents in the Rio Grande Valley and the Rio Piedras Border Patrol were patrolling the state’s north-western border on Monday when they spotted the vehicle, which they described as a white four-door sedan with a silver roof, a Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) news release said.
“During their pursuit, the DPS agents discovered the vehicle,” the DPS said.
“The agents and their dogs recovered a loaded, loaded handgun, a large amount of cocaine and several large bags of methamphetamine.”
“They then proceeded to the Rio Rio Grande River and began to dismantle the vehicle and arrest the occupants,” DPS added.
“After an exchange of gunfire, the vehicle was abandoned and the occupants were detained.”
The agency said the officers “acted with professionalism and compassion” and said the investigation is ongoing.
The DPS said the car was stolen from a ranch in McAllen, which was linked to the smuggling operations of the Sinaloa cartel, which is currently on the run.