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Joint Collaboration Leads to the Discovery of Four Stash Houses in the Rio Grande Valley

Release Date: 
November 18, 2020

EDINBURG, Texas – Since Monday, U.S. Border Patrol agents working in collaboration with state and local authorities disrupted four stash houses, which led to the discovery and arrest of 92 illegal aliens.

Yesterday afternoon, the Roma Police Department contacted the Rio Grande City Border Patrol station and requested assistance in identifying multiple subjects at a residence in Roma, Texas. Upon arrival, agents learned from the police officer that they received a call from a concerned citizen regarding suspected illegal activities at the residence. After interviewing the 12 subjects, agents determined they were all illegally present in the United States. The illegal aliens were from El Salvador, Ecuador, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, and Guatemala.

Later, Rio Grande Valley (RGV) Sector agents working with Texas Department of Public Safety troopers responded to a residence in Edinburg, Texas, after they received information the mobile home was being used to house illegal aliens.  After receiving consent to enter the home, law enforcement authorities discovered 29 illegal aliens from Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala, Nicaragua, and El Salvador.

A few hours later, RGV Sector agents working in collaboration with the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office received information of a house in Palmview, Texas, operating as a human smuggling stash house. Upon arrival and entry, agents and deputies encountered seven illegal aliens inside. Agents identified them to be from the countries of Guatemala, El Salvador and Mexico.

Additionally on Monday, agents and local authorities arrested 44 illegal aliens after discovering them at a residence in Rio Grande City.

Border Patrol processed the subjects and cases accordingly.

Even with the spread of the COVID-19 virus, human smugglers continue to try these brazen attempts with zero regard for the lives they endanger nor to the health of the citizens of our great nation.  The U.S. Border Patrol agents of the Rio Grande Valley Sector will continue to safeguard the nation and community against these criminal elements.

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Last modified: 
November 18, 2020