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Another Large Group Encountered at an Immigration Checkpoint in the Rio Grande Valley

Release Date: 
March 26, 2020

SARITA, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents working at the Javier Vega Jr. checkpoint disrupted a smuggling attempt resulting in the apprehension of 48 illegal aliens.

Early this morning, Kingsville agents working at the Javier Vega Jr. Checkpoint referred a grain hauling tractor/trailer to the secondary inspection area after a Border Patrol K-9 alerted. During the inspection, agents discovered 48 illegal aliens concealed inside the hauler on top of the grain product.

Agents arrested the driver and the U.S. Border Patrol is processing all subjects accordingly.

The cases remain under investigation and the Border Patrol is processing all subjects accordingly.

The Rio Grande Valley Sector currently has multiple campaigns focused on rescues and danger awareness, such as “Operation Big Rig” and “No Se Arriesgue” to combat smuggling and ultimately save lives. Call 911 to report suspicious activity; “They’re humans, not cargo!”  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

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Last modified: 
March 26, 2020