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Joint Law Enforcement Efforts Identify Three Human Stash Houses

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EDINBURG, Texas – Rio Grande Valley Sector Border Patrol (RGV) agents with assistance from local law enforcement agencies disrupt four smuggling attempts, resulting in 43 arrests.

On April 11, RGV agents received information regarding a suspected human smuggling stash house in Roma. Agents with the assistance of Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) troopers responded to the location and encountered 16 migrants. Agents identified them to be citizens of Mexico, El Salvador, and Honduras. No caretaker was identified.

Hours later, McAllen Border Patrol (MCS) agents responded to a call for assistance from DPS troopers regarding two vehicles refusing to yield. One of the vehicles, a Dodge Ram came to a stop in San Juan. Responding agents determined eight individuals in the vehicle were migrants illegally present in the U.S. All subjects were placed under arrest and transported to a Border Patrol facility. The second vehicle was stopped by DPS troopers. The driver was arrested for eluding and possession of a controlled substance.

That evening, Weslaco Border Patrol Station (WSL) agents and officers from the Edinburg Police Department (EPD) investigated a residence suspected of harboring several individuals. Agents and EPD officers approached the residence and encountered 13 migrants, illegally present in the United States. All subjects were taken into Border Patrol custody. No caretaker was identified.

Moments later, DPS troopers requested assistance from WSL agents in response to a vehicle stop involving possible noncitizens in Hidalgo. Agents determined both the driver and passenger were unlawfully present in the United States. Further investigation led agents to a nearby residence where three more migrants illegally present in the U.S. were encountered. All subjects were transported to the station for processing.

Border Patrol processed all subjects accordingly.

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  • Last Modified: April 12, 2022