Border Patrol Disrupts 6 Smuggling Attempts Over Weekend
11 smugglers arrested transporting 26 illegal aliens
DEL RIO, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Del Rio Sector were busy over the weekend, stopping six separate smuggling attempts in which 11 smugglers were arrested while attempting to transport a total of 26 illegal aliens into the United States.
“Criminal organizations attempt to smuggle illegal aliens into the United States with little to no regard for the safety of their human cargo,” said Del Rio Sector Chief Patrol Agent Raul L. Ortiz. “Our agents have made it a priority to stop these organizations who put people in harm’s way for profit.”
Agents assigned to the Uvalde Station stopped four of these smuggling cases, the latest of which occurred on Sept. 29, and involved a family unit of three Ecuadorian nationals concealed in the cab of a tractor trailer. The child in that case was four years old. Uvalde agents arrested a total of seven smugglers and 17 illegal aliens.
Agents from the Del Rio and Eagle Pass stations each identified one smuggling case after conducting immigration inspections on vehicles on FM 2523 and Highway 277, respectively. Four smugglers and 9 illegal aliens were arrested as a result of those two incidents.
Smuggling cases and related arrests in the Del Rio Sector rose to nearly 700 incidents for fiscal year 2019, up more than 50 percent from approximately 451 cases during the previous year.
All illegal aliens were processed in accordance with U.S. Customs and Border Protection guidelines.
All individuals arrested while transporting illegal aliens face charges under 8 USC 1324, alien smuggling, and if convicted could receive up to 10 years in prison.
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 official ports of entry. CBP is charged with securing the borders of the United States while enforcing hundreds of laws and facilitating lawful trade and travel.