While on patrol on River Road on the morning of December 14th, one of the rangers assigned to the East District encountered a 1996 blue Chevrolet pickup truck driving towards him at a high rate of speed on a narrow dirt and gravel road. The truck, which was coming from an area of the international border where illegal crossings have been known to occur, was traveling so fast that it reached the ranger’s location in a very short time. The driver suddenly realized he was coming up on a marked ranger patrol truck and immediately turned around and fled south at high speed. The ranger called for assistance, followed the pickup briefly, then stopped and waited for backup from other nearby rangers and Border Patrol agents. Although the truck reached the Rio Grande, conditions barred a quick crossing, so the occupants bailed out and fled on foot, leaving the pickup at the river’s edge. Rangers and agents cleared the area, then returned to the truck and found just over a ton of marijuana on boar. It was turned over to DEA.