CALEXICO — A driver attempting to transport more than 300 pounds of marijuana from Mexico into this country abandoned his vehicle and the drugs on a canal bank when pursued by U.S. Border Patrol agents Monday.
Border Patrol agents working near the downtown Port of Entry around 10 a.m. observed several U.S. Customs Service inspectors on this side of the border running after a vehicle driven by an individual who refused to stop, according to a Border Patrol press release.
Border Patrol agents followed the vehicle west to the outskirts of the city. About a mile west of the Port of Entry, the driver drove south along the All-American Canal toward the international boundary fence.
The driver exited the vehicle while it was still in motion and jumped into the canal, where he swam south and returned to Mexico. The vehicle came to rest in reeds on the canal bank.