After police in La Joya, Texas received a lead regarding a stolen vehicle, a miles-long chase began, and ended in a drug seizure.
La Joya Police Chief Jose Del Angel said police received a tip regarding a stolen truck out of San Juan. When police identified the vehicle heading north and attempted to pull the driver over, the 30 mile chase began, and only ended when the driver stopped under an overpass. The driver ran, but with the assistance of a U.S. Border Patrol helicopter, the police located the suspect.
Upon inspection of the vehicle, police discovered the suspect, identified as 24-year-old Arturo Alaniz from Michoacán, Mexico, had more than 400 pounds of marijuana in the vehicle’s trunk.
Del Angel said Alaniz, a Mexican national who has been deported a number of times, was charged with possession of marijuana and evading arrest. His bond was set at $1 million.