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Six hospitalized after reckless smuggler rolls vehicle in the Rio Grande Valley

Release Date: 
October 20, 2017

MISSION, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents took five illegal immigrants into custody after performing emergency medical treatment following a vehicle roll over.

Vehicle rollover after a failure to yield
Vehicle rollover after a failure to yield

On Wednesday, October 18, 2017, a Hidalgo County Precinct 3 Constable reported a vehicle leaving Anzalduas Park at a high rate of speed. McAllen agents responded and located the vehicle. Upon seeing the patrol unit, the juvenile driver made an abrupt maneuver that caused the vehicle to roll over.

Agents, including Border Patrol Certified Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT) provided immediate medical attention. Six subjects were transported to local hospitals where they were treated for multiple injuries sustained at the hands of the callous smuggler.

Further investigation revealed that the United States citizen teen driver and the front passenger, a juvenile Mexican national, were responsible for picking up five illegal immigrants and transporting them.

All subjects will be processed accordingly.

First aid is administered to the injured after rollover
First aid is administered to the injured
after rollover

“It is extremely concerning to see transnational criminal organizations preying upon teenagers in our communities to become ruthless smugglers, using dangerous tactics with no regard for human life,” said Chief Patrol Agent Manuel Padilla, Jr.

Take a stand against crime, this type of criminal activity should have consequences, we should not condone this type of behavior from juvenile delinquents and we urge immigrants not to jeopardize their lives by illegally entering the United States.

Help save lives and report teenage smuggling and all suspicious activity at 800-863-9382.

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Last modified: 
February 3, 2021