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Border Patrol Disrupts Several Smuggling Attempts in the Rio Grande Valley

Release Date: 
December 19, 2018

EDINBURG, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents in the Rio Grande Valley arrested over 80 illegal aliens in several alien smuggling attempts over the weekend.

On Sunday morning, Kingsville agents working at the Sarita Checkpoint referred a Ford F-250 hauling a cargo trailer to the secondary inspection area after a Border Patrol K-9 alerted to the vehicle. During the investigation, agents discovered 13 illegal aliens hidden inside. Agents arrested the driver and the illegal aliens.

That afternoon, McAllen agents responded to a report of several subjects jumping over the fence near Anzalduas Port of Entry and load into a Dodge Charger. Mobile units encountered the vehicle near Ware Road on Military Highway and conducted a traffic stop. During the investigation, agents identified four passengers in the vehicle as illegal aliens. Agents arrested the driver and front passenger and took the illegal aliens into custody.

Over the weekend, agents foiled an additional 17 alien smuggling attempts resulting in the apprehension of 71 illegal aliens.

Border Patrol is processing all subjects accordingly.

The Rio Grande Valley Sector currently has multiple campaigns focused on rescues and danger awareness, such as “Operation Big Rig” and “No Se Arriesgue” to combat smuggling and ultimately save lives. Call 911 to report suspicious activity; “They’re humans, not cargo!”   

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Last modified: 
February 3, 2021