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Five Human Smuggling Incidents Lead to 86 Arrests

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EDINBURG, Texas – Rio Grande Valley Sector (RGV) Border Patrol agents disrupted five human smuggling events resulting in the arrest of 86 illegal aliens.

Wednesday afternoon, McAllen Border Patrol Station agents responded to a call for assistance from the Mission Police Department (PD). Mission PD received a report of a possible human smuggling stash house in Mission, Texas. Agents and officers arrived on scene and discovered 13 illegal aliens being harbored in a trailer home. The subjects were identified as nationals of Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, and Nicaragua. Border Patrol took custody of all subjects.

Later that night, RGV agents attempted to conduct a vehicle stop on a white Ford F-350 near Linn/San Manuel, Texas.  The suspect vehicle stopped after it crashed into a nearby ranch fence.  Agents observed the occupants of the truck flee into the brush. A search of the area led to the apprehension of two illegal aliens from Honduras. The subjects were transported the Kingsville Border Patrol Station for processing.

Today, agents assigned to the Rio Grande City (RGC) Border Patrol Station observed multiple subjects make landfall on the U.S. Riverbank.  Agents, a K9 team, and Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) troopers responded to the group of subjects making landfall.  The service K9 was deployed and tracked the group of suspected illegal aliens to a residence in Rio Grande City, Texas.  They observed fresh mud on the walls of the house near a window ledge and requested the assistance of the Rio Grande City (RGC) Police Department.  Authorities discovered eight illegal aliens inside the residence. The illegal aliens were transported to the RGC Station for processing.

RGV agents apprehended an additional 63 illegal aliens from two separate human smuggling events that occurred on Thursday in the Rio Grande Valley.

Border Patrol is processing the subjects accordingly.

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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.

 Please visit www.cbp.gov to view additional news releases and other information pertaining to Customs and Border Protection.  Follow us on Twitter @CBPRGV, @USBPChiefRGV and @USBPDepChiefRGV.

~CBP~

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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