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37 Immigrants Found in a Shrine Adorned Stash House by Rio Grande Valley Agents

Release Date: 
May 11, 2016

EDINBURG, Texas – Border Patrol agents discovered a stash house in Edinburg with 37 illegal immigrants on Monday afternoon. A United States citizen and a Mexican national suspected of being the caretakers were arrested.

Border Patrol agents along with Texas Department of Public Safety troopers conducted a traffic stop on a known smuggler which led to the discovery of the stash house. After obtaining consent to search the residence, agents found 37 individuals inside.  Among them were three juveniles from Mexico and Honduras. All subjects were transported to the McAllen Border Patrol Station and were processed accordingly.

The caretakers were referred to the RGV Prosecutions office. The home on the 1700 Block of North McColl was adorned with a shrine to the folk saint La Santa Muerte, known as “the goddess of death,” which is also known to be associated with the drug trade and the narco-culture.

“These immigrants are essentially held for ransom,” says Chief Patrol Agent Manuel Padilla Jr. “And, these smugglers are putting these migrants in harm’s way in the middle of our residential neighborhoods.  I encourage you to take a stand with us against this type of crime in your communities and help save lives by reporting any suspicious activity at 1-800-863-9382."

Last modified: 
February 3, 2021