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An off-duty border guard encountered a group of armed smugglers near a lake on the Texas-Mexico border.
The encounter occurred on Tuesday afternoon, according to the US Customs and Border Protection, to which the border patrol belongs.
The agent, whom CBP did not name, was fishing with his family on a river near Lake del Rio off the Mines Road when three armed suspects approached them and identified themselves as “Federales”.
The three men who had entered the US illegally wore camouflage clothing and small backpacks that were filled with “hard narcotics” according to the CBP.
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The men waved their guns at the agent and his family before returning to Mexico, CBP said.
The border guard was dressed in civilian clothes and the armed men were unaware of his affiliation. Neither the agent nor his family were harmed.
Deputy Chief Patrol Agent Carl E. Landrum said the Mexican authorities had been notified.
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Fox News reached out to CBP for more information about the encounter but did not receive an immediate response.