EDINBURG, Texas – Rio Grande Valley Sector (RGV) Border Patrol agents encounter 75 illegal aliens in two human smuggling cases.
Early Wednesday morning, at the Javier Vega Jr. Border Patrol Checkpoint, a white Freightliner semi-tractor was referred to secondary inspection following an immigration inspection of the driver. An x-ray scan of the vehicle revealed anomalies within the tractor. A brief search led to the discovery of fifteen 15 subjects hidden within the sleeper area of the tractor. The subjects did not request medical assistance nor appeared to medical distress. Agents later determined that all subjects were illegally present in the United States. A small amount of Marijuana (8 grams) was also found during a subsequent search of the driver.
This morning, Weslaco Border Patrol agents responded to a request for assistance from the Alamo Police Department. Alamo Police received a report that an Alamo residence was being used as a human smuggling stash house. A welfare check revealed 60 people confined in an unfurnished home. Agents determined that all subjects were illegally present in the United States. The subjects were identified as citizens of Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaraguan, Peru, and Mexico.
Border Patrol processed all subjects accordingly.
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