EDINBURG, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents assist the McAllen Police Department at an active stash house following a report of gun shots.
Early this morning, the Weslaco Border Patrol Station received a call for assistance from the McAllen Police Department (MPD) regarding numerous subjects inside a residence. The subjects were discovered while MPD officers were investigating a report of gunshots in the vicinity. The officers discovered 10 subjects inside the residence as well as a firearm. Responding Border Patrol agents determined nine of the subjects at the residence were illegally in the United States and took them into custody. The remaining subject, a juvenile United States citizen, was arrested by the McAllen Police Department for the discharge of the firearm.
No injuries were reported.
Border Patrol agents are increasingly encountering armed subjects during the commission of smuggling activity as firearms are discovered on a weekly basis. So far this fiscal year, Border Patrol agents in the Rio Grande Valley Sector have seized more than 100 firearms that were discovered during the commission of a crime, a nearly twofold increase compared to the same time period as last year.
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.