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Border Patrol Arrests 29 People in Multiple Human Smuggling events in the RGV.

Release Date: 
December 7, 2020

EDINBURG, Texas – Over the Weekend, Rio Grande Valley (RGV) Sector Border Patrol agents disrupt a series of human smuggling attempts resulting in the arrest of 29 subjects.

Saturday morning, a K-9 agent assigned to the Fort Brown Border Patrol Station initiated a traffic stop on a Dodge Durango near Brownsville, Texas. As the agent activated his lights and sirens, the vehicle came to an immediate halt. Shortly after, agents observed several individuals abscond from the vehicle and run into a nearby neighborhood. Working collectively, agents located and apprehended five individuals.

Later that evening, RGV Sector agents received information that two Alamo, Texas, residences were used to harbor illegal aliens. This information led the discovery of two active stash houses resulting in the apprehension of 12 subjects who were illegally present in the United States.

Sunday Morning, RGV Sector agents assisted Penitas Police Department with a traffic stop in Penitas, Texas. Law enforcement personnel approached the vehicle and, after a brief investigation, determined the six passengers were a part of a human smuggling attempt. 6 illegal aliens were taken into custody.

Yesterday evening, RGV Sector agents observed a F-150 driving erratically along Highway 281. Agents conducted a vehicle stop near San Manuel, Texas, and quickly observed multiple subjects abscond from the vehicle. A search of the immediate area resulted in the apprehension of six subjects, all determined to be illegally present in the United States. The driver was not located.

Border Patrol processed all subjects accordingly.  

Even with the spread of the COVID-19 virus, human smugglers continue to try these brazen attempts with zero regard for the lives they endanger nor to the health of the citizens of our great nation.  The U.S. Border Patrol agents of the Rio Grande Valley Sector will continue to safeguard the nation and community against these criminal elements.

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February 3, 2021