Texas Border Business
EDINBURG, Texas – Rio Grande Valley Sector (RGV) Border Patrol agents disrupt multiple smuggling attempts resulting in the arrest of 50 subjects.
On Monday, February 15, 2021, RGV agents received information of a residence in Donna, Texas, operating a human smuggling stash house. Agents requested the assistance of Hidalgo County Constable’s Office (HCCO) in the investigation. As authorities arrived at the suspected location, they heard several subjects moving inside the home. Inside the residence, agents discovered 11 people illegally present in the United States, to include two juveniles. The subjects encountered are from Guatemala, Honduras, and Mexico.
The following day, RGV agents received information of another stash house in Donna, Texas. Agents once again requested the assistance of HCCO. Upon arrival, authorities encountered four illegal aliens inside. All subjects were identified to as Mexican citizens.
A short time later, RGV agents received information of a suspected stash house in Edinburg, Texas. The information led to the apprehension of 18 subjects including two families who were illegally present in the United States.
Early today, Rio Grande City agents working near Roma, Texas, attempted to conduct a vehicle stop on a Chevrolet Suburban. The driver of the Suburban continued driving and the vehicle eventually came to a stop after crashing into cinder block wall. As agents approached the vehicle, they observed a total of seventeen subjects inside the Suburban in need of assistance. Emergency Medical Services were requested to evaluate all subjects. It was determined seven subjects needed further medical attention and were transported to local hospitals. The driver of the vehicle fled the area and was not located.
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.