Asylum seeking Honduran couple arrested for smuggling in the Rio Grande Valley
FALFURRIAS, Texas – On Friday, June 29, 2018, U.S. Border Patrol agents encountered a vehicle occupied by six adults and two children. Three of the adults were situated in the cargo area of the vehicle.
An immigration inspection revealed that the Honduran couple sitting up front are pending an asylum hearing and were traveling with their two children. The couple drove from Houston to smuggle two of their adult family members and the brush guide who facilitated their trek around the Falfurrias checkpoint. A separate adult in the vehicle, who was also illegally present in the United States, was encountered in the brush during the smuggling event.
The subjects were arrested and the smuggling case is still under investigation.
The public is encouraged to take a stand against crime in our communities and to help save lives by reporting suspicious activity at 800-863-9382. RGV currently has multiple campaigns, like “Operation Big Rig” and “No Se Arriesgue” to combat smuggling and ultimately save lives.
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.