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Joint Collaboration Leads to the Discovery of Two More Stash Houses

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EDINBURG, Texas – On Monday, U.S. Border Patrol agents working in collaboration with local authorities disrupted two stash houses, which led to the discovery and arrest of 47 illegal aliens.

Yesterday afternoon, the Rio Grande City (RGC) Police Department contacted the Rio Grande City station and requested assistance at a nearby residence. When the agents arrived to the location, RGC police officers informed agents that they had received a call from a concerned citizen of the residence suspected of being used as a human smuggling stash house. While securing the area, a subject opened the front door and consented to a search of the home. Upon entry, officers discovered several people crammed inside the residence. Officers requested the agents assistance and upon interviewing them, agents identified 43 people illegally present in the United States. Agents identified the people as citizens and nationals of Guatemala, Mexico and Honduras. 

In a separate incident, agents working with the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office shutdown a stash house in San Juan, Texas. Agents and deputies discovered four illegal aliens from Mexico, El Salvador and Guatemala.  

Border Patrol processed the subjects and cases 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.  

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