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RGV Agents Disrupt Three Human Smuggling Stash Houses

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EDINBURG, Texas – Rio Grande Valley Sector (RGV) Border Patrol agents apprehended 22 subjects in three separate human smuggling stash houses in Edinburg, Texas.

Yesterday morning, RGV agents responded to a call for assistance from the Starr County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO).  SCSO received a report of a suspected human smuggling stash house in Roma, Texas. Agents and officers arrived on scene and discovered six adult migrants and one unaccompanied child being harbored in the home. The subjects were identified as nationals of Mexico and El Salvador.  Border Patrol took custody of all subjects and processed them accordingly.

Hours later, RGV Border Patrol agents, with assistance from the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO), apprehended nine subjects in a human smuggling stash house located in north Edinburg, Texas.  Agents identified all subjects to be illegally present in the United States.  The subjects were citizens of Mexico, Honduras, and Ecuador. All subjects were taken into Border Patrol custody and processed accordingly.

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Yesterday afternoon, RGV agents, with assistance of troopers from the Texas Department of Public Safety encountered a similar situation.  Authorities apprehended six subjects at a residence being utilized as a human smuggling stash house located in north Rio Grande City, Texas.  Agents identified the subjects from various Central American countries, all determined to being illegally present in the United States.  All subjects were transported to a Border Patrol facility and processed 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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