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Border Patrol and Air and Marine Operations team up to interdict alien smuggling attempt in the RIo Grande Valley

Release Date: 
July 26, 2018

MISSION, Texas – Yesterday, U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the McAllen station, along with an Air and Marine Operations helicopter, halted a smuggling attempt.

Air and Marine Operations and Border Patrol team up to stop smuggling attempt
Air and Marine Operations and Border
Patrol team up to stop smuggling attempt

Agents conducting operations south of Mission, Texas observed multiple subjects loading into a mini-van near the Rio Grande. Shortly after, agents reported that the vehicle was departing the area at a high rate of speed.

As agents attempted to conduct a vehicle stop, the driver failed to yield to their emergency equipment. Air Interdiction Agents in an Air and Marine Operations helicopter responded and followed the vehicle until the driver stopped and attempted to abscond. Agents immediately arrested the United States citizen driver and discovered eight illegal aliens from China and Mexico within the vehicle. 

All subjects will be processed accordingly.

The public is encouraged to take a stand against crime in their communities and report suspicious activity at 800-863-9382. 

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Last modified: 
July 26, 2018