Del rio, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents working in Carrizo Springs apprehended five undocumented immigrants after they fled from a stolen truck on Highway 83.
“Human smuggling organizations can resort to dangerous and deadly tactics that disregard human safety when bringing undocumented immigrants into the country,” said Del Rio Sector Acting Chief Patrol Agent Matthew J. Hudak. “I commend the agents involved in this seizure and am happy that no one was seriously hurt.”
On March 9, Carrizo Springs agents were tracking foot sign of several suspected migrants through a remote ranch when a suspicious pickup truck was seen leaving the area. An agent attempted to conduct a vehicle stop on the truck and the vehicle abruptly veered off the road, crashed through an adjacent ranch fence, and continued through the grass into the property.
Agents followed the tire marks into the property where they discovered the abandoned vehicle and footprints of multiple occupants leading away from the truck. Agents also located several false license plates both in and on the pickup which was found to be stolen from San Antonio. Agents followed the footprints and were able to find five undocumented immigrants who had fled from the vehicle. The driver was not located.
The five migrants were arrested and transported to the Carrizo Springs Border Patrol Station for processing. All were adult men from Mexico who were in the country illegally and been previously removed from the United States. The vehicle was seized and turned over to the Dimmit County Sheriff’s Office. The undocumented aliens were processed for reinstatement of their prior removal and will be returned to Mexico.
The Del Rio Border Patrol Sector is part of the Joint Task Force-West South Texas Corridor, which leverages federal, state and local resources to combat transnational criminal organizations. To report suspicious activity call the Del Rio Sector’s toll free number at 1-866-511-8727.
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 the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.