Brazen Human Smuggling Attempts Leads to the Arrest of 11

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Texas Border Business

MISSION, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents with the assistance of other law enforcement partners halt two smuggling attempts.

On Thursday afternoon, a concerned citizen contacted the McAllen Border Patrol station and advised of a white sport utility vehicle (SUV) picking up suspected illegal aliens near Mission, Texas. A nearby Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Air and Marine air asset in the area observed the vehicle traveling northbound on Schuerbach Road. The CBP air asset advised the agents of the vehicle’s route of travel. Shortly thereafter, the occupants of the SUV abandoned the vehicle in an attempt to abscond. Agents arrived at the area and after a brief search, they arrested nine illegal aliens.

A short while later, another concerned citizen advised a McAllen Border Patrol agent working near the same area of a second SUV picking up several suspected illegal aliens. The agent relayed the information via radio and a Texas Department of Public Safety (TXDPS) trooper advised he had visual of the vehicle. As the TXDPS trooper attempted to conduct a vehicle stop, the SUV abruptly came to a stop and multiple subjects abandoned the vehicle in an attempt to evade arrest. As agents arrived, they searched the area and successfully took two illegal aliens into custody.

Border Patrol processed both cases accordingly.

Operation Big Rig is a call to action for the community to get involved and call 911 if they see or are aware of smuggling or suspicious activity, “They’re humans, not cargo.” 

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