U.S. flag

An official website of the United States government

Official websites use .gov
A .gov website belongs to an official government organization in the United States.

Secure .gov websites use HTTPS
A lock ( ) or https:// means you’ve safely connected to the .gov website. Share sensitive information only on official, secure websites.

  1. Home
  2. Newsroom
  3. Local Media Release
  4. Rio Grande Valley Checkpoint Agents Foil Smuggling Attempts

Rio Grande Valley Checkpoint Agents Foil Smuggling Attempts

Release Date

EDINBURG, Texas –Rio Grande Valley Sector Border Patrol (RGV) agents foil checkpoint smuggling attempts.

Migrant hiding in furniture load.
Migrant hiding in furniture load.

In the early morning hours of Oct. 25, a U-Haul box truck approached the primary inspection lane at the Falfurrias Border Patrol Checkpoint. Upon arrival, a Border Patrol service K9 alerted to the cargo area of vehicle. At the secondary inspection area, agents initially observed furniture, but further inspection revealed four illegally present migrants hidden within the couch and underneath the mattress. The rear door of the truck was latched shut, leaving the migrants with no way to exit. The subjects are citizens of Guatemala and Honduras. All subjects were found to be in good health.

On Oct. 24, at approximately 7 a.m., Kingsville Border Patrol Station agents patrolling on U.S. Highway 77, located an abandoned Chevrolet Suburban that appeared to have struck a tree in the median. A quick inspection of the vehicle revealed blood splatter in the rear storage area. There were no subjects in the immediate area of the vehicle, however, agents observed footprints leading away from the vehicle and into the brush. Approximately two hours later, agents located five migrants in the brush. One of the subjects was suffering from a head laceration which he claimed he obtained when the smuggler took a turn too fast causing the vehicle to roll over. The injured migrant was escorted to the hospital for medical treatment.

Migrant smuggling vehicle.
Migrant smuggling vehicle.

On Oct. 24, at approximately 5 p.m., a white Peterbilt commercial tractor hauling a flatbed trailer arrived at the Falfurrias Border Patrol Checkpoint for inspection. The vehicle was referred for further inspection after a Border Patrol service K9 alerted to the tractor area. At the secondary inspection area, agents discovered four illegally present migrants hiding in the cab area of the tractor. The driver was also in possession of a 40mm firearm. All subjects were placed under arrest and escorted inside the checkpoint for processing.

All subjects are being processed accordingly.

Even with the spread of the COVID-19 virus, human smugglers continue to try these brazen attempts with zero regard for the health and safety of migrants or the citizens of the U.S. they may encounter. The U.S. Border Patrol agents of the Rio Grande Valley Sector will continue to safeguard the nation and community against these criminal elements. 

Please visit www.cbp.gov to view additional news releases and other information pertaining to Customs and Border Protection.  Follow us on Twitter @CBPRGV and @USBPChiefRGV.

Tags: 
  • Last Modified: October 25, 2021