Texas Border Business
EDINBURG, Texas – Rio Grande Valley (RGV) Sector Border Patrol Agents disrupt multiple smuggling attempts resulting in the arrest of 87 subjects.
Wednesday afternoon, RGV Sector agents received information that a Donna, Texas, residence was used to harbor illegal aliens. Border Patrol, in coordination with Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO), arrived at the home and observed three subjects flee from the residence. Agents apprehended the three subjects without incident and determined that they were illegally present in the United States. Further inspection of the property revealed 27 additional illegal aliens harbored inside. The subjects were from the countries of El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Mexico. No human smugglers were identified.
Yesterday evening, McAllen agents working in Los Ebanos, Texas, observed a Chevrolet Avalanche pick up several subjects from the brush near the Los Ebanos Port of Entry. Agents located the vehicle on El Faro Road where they discovered the driver and passenger attempting to smuggle five illegal aliens further into the United States. A search of the brush area where the subjects were picked up resulted in an additional apprehension of an illegal alien.
Later that evening, RGV Sector agents working on Highway 281 observed a GMC Acadia driving recklessly as it proceeded north. Agents conducted a vehicle stop near San Manuel, Texas, and quickly observed multiple subjects abscond from the vehicle. A search of the immediate area resulted in the apprehension of nine subjects, including an unaccompanied juvenile, all determined to be illegally present in the United States. The driver was not located.
Meanwhile at the Falfurrias Border Patrol Checkpoint, four motorcycle drivers arrived for inspection. After several inconsistencies regarding their immigration status, the four bikers were referred to the secondary inspection area for further questioning. It was determined that three of the subjects are citizens of Honduras who were given motorcycles in an attempt to avoid detection by agents. The fourth subject was determined to be a U.S. citizen who attempted to smuggle the 3 Hondurans further into the United States.
Additionally, RGV Sector agents encountered 31 illegal aliens from a Brownsville human smuggling stash house. All subjects were medically evaluated and found to be in good health. Border Patrol processed the cases and 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.