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Mission Police and Rio Grande ValleyBorder Patrol work together to stop a smuggler

Release Date: 
July 20, 2018

MISSION, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents along with Mission Police Officers work together to halt a smuggling attempt resulting in the arrest of one United States citizen and nine illegal aliens.

On July 17, Border Patrol agents, working in collaboration with the Mission Police Department, identified a human smuggling attempt. Border Patrol agents from the McAllen Station and Mission Police Officers were able to apprehend a total of nine illegal immigrants. The countries of origin included: Guatemala, China, Mexico and El Salvador.

The Mission Police Department took custody of the alien smuggler identified as a 31 year old, Angel Felipe Rodriguez of Weslaco. Mr. Rodriguez was taken before a magistrate and charged with the offense of Smuggling of Persons. Mr. Angel Felipe Rodriguez was remanded to de Hidalgo County County Jail in lieu of bond. The criminal case will be forwarded to the Hidalgo County District Attorney’s Office for prosecution.

“We will continue to work with our local, state, and federal law enforcement partners throughout the Rio Grande Valley to make our communities safer”, said Chief Patrol Agent Manuel Padilla Jr.

The Rio Grande Valley Sector currently has multiple campaigns focused on rescues and danger awareness, such as “Operation Big Rig” and “No Se Arriesgue” to combat smuggling and ultimately save lives. Call 911 to report suspicious activity; “They’re humans, not cargo!”   

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Last modified: 
July 20, 2018