EDINBURG, Texas – On Tuesday, U.S. Border Patrol along with multiple law enforcement agencies discovered four human smuggling stash houses throughout the Rio Grande Valley Sector.
Tuesday afternoon, Rio Grande Valley Sector agents working in conjunction with Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the Hidalgo County Constables Office (HCCO) received information of a residence in Mission, Texas, operating as a human smuggling stash house. Inside the home, agents and HCCO deputies discovered 16 illegal aliens from the countries of Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador. Agents arrested a United States citizen found inside the stash house, and have referred the case for federal prosecution.
That same day, Border Patrol working in collaboration with multiple law enforcement agencies discovered three additional stash house that led to the arrest of four stash house operators and eight illegal aliens.
Border Patrol processed the 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.
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 official ports of entry. CBP is charged with securing the borders of the United States while enforcing hundreds of laws and facilitating lawful trade and travel.