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Human Smuggling attempts foiled in the RIo Grande Valley

Release Date: 
April 23, 2019

EDINBURG, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents help disrupt two human smuggling attempts in the Rio Grande Valley.

On Saturday, Weslaco agents working near Pharr, Texas, observed two All-Terrain Vehicles (ATVs) with multiple subjects traveling north of the Rio Grande. Agents attempted to stop both ATVs, but they failed to yield to the agent’s emergency lights and fled to a nearby neighborhood. After searching the neighborhood, agents located both ATVs, a Guatemalan national and a Mexican national who admitted to entering the United States illegally. Agents seized both ATVs and transported both subjects to the station for processing.

Monday evening, McAllen agents working near Sullivan City, Texas, assisted Sullivan City Police Department (SCPD) after the occupants of a dark colored Chevrolet Suburban bailed out at the intersection of Sam Fordyce Road and Expressway 83. A search of the area resulted in the apprehension of the driver and four illegal aliens. SCPD took custody of the driver and vehicle. Agents took custody of the remaining subjects and transported them to the station to be processed.

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: 
April 23, 2019