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Joint Efforts Leads to Multiple Stash House Disruptions in the RGV

Release Date: 
August 26, 2020

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.

The public is encouraged to take a stand against crime in their communities and report suspicious activity at 800-863-9382.

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: 
August 26, 2020