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All-Terrain Vehicle Used for Smuggling Rafted Across the Rio Grande

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EDINBURG, Texas – Agents assigned to the Harlingen Border Patrol Station apprehended six illegal aliens and seize an All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV).

Yesterday, an agent observed several subjects on an ATV traveling north from the Rio Grande in Harlingen, Texas.  When agents approached the area, the subjects bailed off the ATV and attempted to hide in the thicket.  An air-support unit from Custom and Border Protection’s Air and Marine Operations was in the area and responded to assist.  Five illegal aliens were apprehended and the ATV was seized. 

As agents back tracked to where the ATV was originally spotted, they apprehended one more illegal alien hiding in the brush.  The agents determined the ATV was rafted across the Rio Grande as on previous occasions.  Agents suspect the ATV is also used for drug smuggling due to its aftermarket modifications.  It is retrofitted with metal brackets that appear to cater to marijuana bundles commonly seized in the Rio Grande Valley.

Border Patrol processed the subjects accordingly.

Even with the spread of the COVID-19 virus, human smugglers continue to try these brazen attempts with zero regard for the lives they endanger nor to the health of the citizens of our great nation.  The U.S. Border Patrol agents of the Rio Grande Valley Sector will continue to safeguard the nation and community against these criminal elements.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation’s borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.  

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