Rio Grande Valley checkpoint agents avert careless tactics
EDINBURG, Texas – The U.S. Border Patrol Rio Grande Valley Sector detected a high level of illicit activity at the immigration checkpoints over the Memorial Day Weekend.
Starting Friday, May 25, through Monday, May 28, both the Falfurrias and Kingsville Border Patrol Checkpoints experienced a high number of vehicles through their checkpoints. The increased volume of traffic resulted in a total of 17 alien smuggling cases with 35 illegal aliens apprehended.
Additionally, agents stopped a total of four narcotic smuggling attempts resulting in the seizure of 90 pounds of marijuana and a small amount of cocaine.
“The danger involved with these smuggling tactics are magnified when combined with the extreme summer temperatures of South Texas,” said Chief Patrol Agent Manuel Padilla, Jr. “We will continue to work with our local, state and federal partners to ensure prosecution on all people who assist in the facilitation of these types of smuggling attempts.
All cases are being referred for prosecution. All subjects were offered medical attention and will be processed accordingly.
The public is encouraged to take a stand against crime in their communities and to help save lives by reporting suspicious activity at 800-863-9382.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.