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Caltrop used to disable Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol vehicle

Release Date: 
July 18, 2018

WESLACO, Texas – A U.S. Border Patrol vehicle was temporarily disabled by a homemade tire deflation device.

Caltrops used to disable vehicles
Caltrops used to disable vehicles

Yesterday, a Weslaco agent was patrolling along the Rio Grande near Pharr, Texas, when he noticed that one of his tires lost air pressure. After the agent changed the tire, a quick inspection revealed that a homemade tire deflation device, also known as a caltrop, was used to deflate the tire. Agents responded to the area to search for any additional caltrops but none were located.

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: 
July 18, 2018