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Rio Grande Valley continues to witness careless tactics of human smugglers

Release Date: 
April 30, 2018

EDINBURG, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol Rio Grande Valley Sector continues to see life-threatening smuggling attempts.

On Thursday, April 26, agents assigned to the Weslaco Station responded to the report of several illegal aliens loading into a Kia Soul and a Chevrolet Tahoe near Alamo, Texas. Mobile units located and attempted to stop both vehicles. The driver of the Kia Soul stopped immediately while the driver of the Tahoe failed to yield and a pursuit ensued. After a short chase, the driver abandoned the Tahoe and fled the scene. A total of seven illegal aliens were found in the Kia and an additional 10 illegal aliens were found in the abandoned Tahoe.

Later that day, as a result of a Border Patrol K9 alert, Falfurrias agents referred a pickup truck to the secondary inspection area. A search of the vehicle revealed a single illegal alien concealed underneath a toolbox with no means of escape. The driver was subsequently arrested.

In the early morning hours of Friday, April 27, agents working at the Falfurrias Checkpoint discovered a total of 17 illegal aliens concealed amongst the commodity of a tractor trailer. The illegal aliens were comprised of men and juveniles from the countries of Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras and Colombia. The driver was subsequently arrested.

All subjects 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.

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Last modified: 
May 1, 2018