EDINBURG, Texas – Rio Grande Valley Sector Border Patrol agents have been attacked by bees on different occasions within the last three days.
The episodes have involved not only the Rio Grande Valley Sector but other law enforcement agencies in the performance of duty. The bee stings have occurred from Peñitas, Texas to just west of Rio Grande City, Texas. In one of the instances, an agent suffered an adverse reaction to the bee stings causing him to be airlifted to a medical facility for treatment, the agent is in stable condition and is expected to be treated and released. In separate incidents, two agents suffered more than a dozen stings but are doing fine.
This is a prime example of the many dangers Border Patrol agents and other law enforcement officers encounter when working near the border area. In order to ensure our communities remain safe, local law enforcement is encouraging everyone to be vigilant of their surroundings.
The Rio Grande Valley Sector is part of the South Texas Corridor, which leverages federal, state and local resources to combat transnational criminal organizations. To report suspicious activity, call the sector’s toll-free telephone number 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.