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Rio Grande Valley smuggler causes property damage as Border Patrol agents foil smuggling attempt by Santa Ana Wildlife Refuge

Release Date: 
December 18, 2017

ALAMO, Texas – On Friday, December 15, agents assigned to the Weslaco Border PatrolSmuggler crashes his vehicle into Station disrupted a smuggling attempt and arrested five illegal aliens.

Agents responded to a call of a vehicle that was possibly being loaded with illegal aliens near the Santa Ana Wildlife Refuge. As agents approached the area, they observed a gold Dodge Caravan making an abrupt U-turn and eventually head south into the refuge.

The driver of the vehicle traveled recklessly through the refuge damaging three gates before coming to a stop. The driver and a passenger bailed out of the vehicle and absconded into Mexico. Agents arrested five illegal aliens in the parking lot of the refuge. They were from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Mexico.

"The transnational criminal organizations continue to exploit our more vulnerable areas that have limited technology and infrastructure,” said Chief Patrol Agent Manuel Padilla, Jr. “This past week alone, agents seized nearly 200 pounds of marijuana and disrupted this smuggling attempt in the Santa Ana Wildlife Refuge. We will continue to apply pressure with the resources we have to make the Rio Grande Valley Sector an undesirable place for these criminal organizations to operate in.”

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February 3, 2021