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.
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.
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.