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Smugglers Tactics Fail to Elude Agents in the Rio Grande Valley

Release Date: 
March 12, 2019

FALFURRIAS, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents work tirelessly to catch group that nearly gets away.

Wednesday evening, Customs and Border Protection assets reported a group of suspected illegal aliens attempting to circumvent the checkpoint through the vast ranch lands of Brooks County. The following morning, Falfurrias agents assigned to the All-Terrain Vehicle unit responded to the last known location and followed the shoe prints until discovering the group attempting to hide in the brush. An additional search of the area, led to the discovery of three steel ladders utilized by them in order to avoid detection while traveling through the private ranch. The group consisted of 17 individuals from the countries of Nicaragua, Honduras, Mexico and El Salvador. 

Border Patrol is processing all cases accordingly.

The Rio Grande Valley Sector currently has multiple campaigns focused on rescues and danger awareness, such as “Operation Big Rig” and “No Se Arriesgue” to combat smuggling and ultimately save lives. Call 911 to report suspicious activity; “They’re humans, not cargo!”   

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Last modified: 
March 12, 2019