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Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol Checkpoints Stop Human Smuggling Attempts

Release Date: 
June 12, 2019

EDINBURG, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the immigration checkpoints continue to disrupt dangerous human smuggling attempts.

On Friday, agents assigned to the Falfurrias checkpoint referred a tractor and trailer for secondary inspection after a Border Patrol K-9 alerted to the trailer. During the inspection, agents discovered 12 Chinese nationals attempting to conceal themselves within the cargo. Agents escorted all the subjects into the checkpoint and arrested the driver and passenger.

That same day, agents working at the Javier Vega, Jr. checkpoint referred truck to the secondary inspection area after a Border Patrol K-9 alerted to the toolboxes lining the bed of the truck. Agents opened the toolboxes and discovered 12 illegal aliens from Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador hidden inside.

Both cases remain under investigation and the Border Patrol is processing all subjects accordingly.

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: 
June 12, 2019