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52 immigrants rescued from stash house in the Rio Grande Valley

Release Date: 
September 19, 2016

EDINBURG, Texas – Border Patrol agents received information regarding a stash house on Wednesday afternoon. Fifty-two immigrants from different countries and five smugglers were arrested.

52 illegal immigrants encountered at stash house in Edinburg, Texas
Illegal Immigrants outside a stash house
in Edinburg, Texas

Border Patrol Agents and officers from the Edinburg Police Department, Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office and Hidalgo County Constables Office Pct. 4 conducted a joint investigation leading them to a residence in Edinburg, Texas. After observing suspicious activity at the location, law enforcement officials obtained consent to search the residence. Once inside, agents located 57 immigrants, five were identified as smugglers. 

The immigrants apprehended are from Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. All subjects were transported to the Weslaco Border Patrol Station and processed accordingly. The five smugglers have been referred to the RGV Sector Prosecutions Office. 

The public is encouraged to take a stand against crime in their communities and to help save lives by reporting all suspicious activity to local authorities.

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 U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017