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EDINBURG, Texas – Border Patrol agents disrupt two human smuggling attempts and discover two foreign nationals not commonly found in a stash house.

Yesterday, Rio Grande Valley Sector agents working in collaboration with the Hidalgo County Constable’s Office (HCCO) received information of home in McAllen, Texas, operating as a human smuggling stash house. As agents located the residence, they observed the homeowner attempting to leave. With the assistance of HCCO, the woman was stopped and identified as a Mexican national who was illegally present in the United States. Inside the residence, agents and deputies discovered two Korean women who admitted to being in the country illegally. Agents arrested the three women and transported them to the station for processing. 

Later that day, Kingsville agents working at the Javier Vega, Jr. checkpoint referred a blue Honda Accord to the secondary inspection area following a K-9 alert. At secondary, a search of the trunk revealed three illegal aliens crammed into the trunk space. Agents arrested the driver and escorted all subjects into the checkpoint for processing.

That same evening, Brownsville agents received information of a group of suspected subjects scale the border wall and run into the brush nearby. Responding agents arrived to the area and observed several subjects emerge from the brush and get into a Blue Jeep Cherokee parked along the side of the road. As agents approached the Jeep, two subjects inside the stationary vehicle fled to a nearby neighborhood. A search of the Jeep led to the discovery of three illegal aliens and two United States Citizens. Agents took everyone into custody and transported them to the station for processing. 

Border Patrol processed the cases accordingly.

The Rio Grande Valley Sector currently has multiple campaigns focused on rescues and danger awareness, such as “Operation Big Rig” and “No Se Arriesgue” to combat smuggling and ultimately save lives. Call 911 to report suspicious activity; “They’re humans, not cargo!”   

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The public is encouraged to take a stand against crime in their communities and report suspicious activity at 800-863-9382.

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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