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33 Illegal Aliens Found in Box Trucks at Immigration Checkpoints

Release Date
Tue, 07/21/2020

EDINBURG, Texas – Smugglers continue to use dangerous tactics during alien smuggling attempts.

Yesterday afternoon, agents working at the Javier Vega Jr. Checkpoint referred a box truck to the secondary inspection area after a Border Patrol K9 alerted to the vehicle. At secondary, agents opened the cargo area and discovered 20 illegal aliens concealed inside.

Moments later, agents at the Javier Vega Jr. Checkpoint referred another box truck after the Border Patrol K9 alerted to its cargo area. At secondary, agents discovered 13 illegal aliens concealed inside. 

That same night, Brooks County Sheriff’s Office contacted the Falfurrias Border Patrol Station to inform agents of a possible lost and injured subject who called 911 for assistance. Agents immediately responded to the last known GPS coordinates of the caller and, after an hour of searching, located a Guatemalan woman who was abandoned by her smugglers. A Border Patrol Emergency Medical Technician evaluated the woman and arranged for transportation to a local hospital for treatment of an ankle injury.

All subjects will be processed accordingly.

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.

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Last Modified: Feb 03, 2021