MISSION, Texas – Border Patrol agents discovered a stash house with 14 illegal immigrants and a .45 caliber handgun on Tuesday afternoon. The discovery came about after a concerned citizen called 911 and stated they were being held against their will.
Agents along with the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office conducted a consensual search of a residence in Mission, Texas. After obtaining consent to search the residence, agents located 14 individuals and the Colt handgun.
The immigrants apprehended are from Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. All subjects were transported to the McAllen Border Patrol Station and processed accordingly.
“Human smugglers are callous individuals, who prey upon the desperation of immigrants,” said Chief Patrol Agent Manuel Padilla Jr. “Oftentimes they will cram immigrants into small stash houses in deplorable conditions without adequate access to food and water for several days.”
The public is encouraged to take a stand against crime in their communities and to help save lives by reporting suspicious activity at 800-863-9382.
The Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol Sector is part of the Joint Task Force-West South Texas Corridor, which leverages federal, state and local resources to combat transnational criminal organizations. Please visit www.cbp.gov to view additional news releases and other information pertaining to Customs and Border Protection.