Edinburg, Texas - Agents assigned to the Rio Grande Valley Sector experienced a busy introduction to summer this week.
Early this morning, agents rescued seven illegal aliens near Armstrong when the Kenedy County Sheriff's Office received a 911 call from a person, trekking through the brush, claiming to be in distress. With the assistance of the Office of Air and Marine, agents were able to locate the group on a ranch. One illegal alien was transported to a Corpus Christi hospital for evaluation.
While trying to intercept a vehicle loaded with narcotics near Havana on Tuesday, a government vehicle was disabled by homemade spikes. The load vehicle made it back to the Rio Grande where smugglers attempted to keep the agents at bay by throwing objects at them from the Mexican side. No injuries were reported as a result of this event.
Agents assigned to the Weslaco Station seized close to a ton of marijuana Tuesday and, in an unrelated case, McAllen agents apprehended a woman from El Salvador affiliated with the Mara Salvatrucha criminal gang, also known as MS-13, near Peñitas. Numerous arrests resulted from multiple marijuana seizures across the Rio Grande Valley, which netted contraband with a combined value of more than $2.3 million.
To report suspicious activity, contact the Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol Sector's toll-free telephone number at (800) 863-9382.
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.