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Rio Grande Valley Agents rescue immigrants, smuggler flees checkpoint

Release Date: 
August 23, 2016

EDINBURG, Texas — U.S. Border Patrol agents from the Rio Grande Valley Sector rescued eight illegal immigrants over the weekend, including one that was left to die by smugglers.

The most significant rescue occurred when McAllen Station agents working near Havana, Texas encountered an unconscious, severely dehydrated immigrant who had been abandoned and left to die by her smuggler.  A Border Patrol EMT provided the woman with aid and requested an ambulance. She was then transported to a hospital in McAllen for further evaluation and medical treatment.

Later that day, Kingsville agents gave chase after a vehicle attempted to flee the Sarita Checkpoint following a K9 alert. After a brief pursuit, the driver was apprehended.  During a search of the vehicle, seven immigrants were discovered in the trunk with no means of escape. The driver was arrested and the subjects were processed accordingly.

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February 3, 2021