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Law Enforcement Agencies Collaborate to Thwart Multiple Smuggling Attempts in the RGV

Release Date: 
November 19, 2020

EDINBURG, Texas – Several Rio Grande Valley (RGV) law enforcement agencies working together stopped three human smuggling attempts across the RGV within a 24-hour period.

Early yesterday, the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office contacted the Weslaco Border Patrol station to request assistance in locating a large number of people that fled from a tractor-trailer in Donna, Texas. Agents and a K-9 unit responded to the area, apprehending 20 illegal aliens from Mexico, Honduras and Guatemala.

Later in the day, Hidalgo County Constable Office Precinct 4 requested assistance during a vehicle stop in Mission, Texas.  Agents arrived on scene and conducted an immigration inspection on all subjects in the vehicle. Two United States Citizens were attempting to smuggle three illegal aliens. 

Last night, Rio Grande Valley Sector agents were involved in a foiled alien smuggling attempt three miles west of La Gloria, Texas that resulted in a bailout. Four illegal aliens were apprehended.  The Starr County Sheriff’s Office assisted on the scene. 

Border Patrol took custody of all subjects and processed them 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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November 19, 2020