Mexican Drug Smugglers Fire On US Border Patrol Agents
The FBI is investigating after armed men shot at border patrol agents on the Rio Grande.
A Border Patrol Spokesperson tells CHANNEL 5 NEWS agents chased a vehicle to the river’s edge near Anzalduas Park this morning.
The driver swam to Mexico leaving behind his vehicle loaded with drugs. As agents were removing over a thousand pounds of marijuana armed men in Mexico began shooting at agents patrolling on boats.
The agents returned fire several times forcing the gunmen in Mexico to flee. No injuries were reported.
Nogales International has more on the attack on the border agents.
Border Patrol agents returned fire after being shot at by unidentified assailants west of Nogales last Sunday, the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office reported.
The Border Patrol notified the Sheriff’s Office of the exchange of fire shortly before 6 p.m. on Sept. 5 and deputies responded to Bellota Canyon, northeast of Peña Blanca Lake and 5 1/4 miles north of the U.S.-Mexico border, sheriff’s spokesman Lt. Raoul Rodriguez said.
Rodriguez said agents were patrolling the canyon on foot when three or four armed individuals began shooting at them.
“Luckily the agents were not injured and were able to return fire,” Rodriguez said.
Border Patrol saturated the area with aerial recon and also deployed its special response team, while sheriff’s deputies also searched for the shooters.