EDINBURG, Texas – This week, U.S. Border Patrol agents apprehended a brush guide smuggling a group of illegal aliens near Mission, disrupted a stash house operation in Edinburg, and stopped a smuggling attempt through the Sarita Checkpoint.
On Tuesday, agents arrested a guide attempting to smuggle eight illegal aliens through the brush near Mission. Record checks revealed that the smuggler has an extensive criminal and immigration history. Additionally, agents discovered a “Santisima Muerte” necklace and two aerosol spray cans that the smuggler was carrying. Many alien and narcotic smugglers have been found to utilize these products for protection against law enforcement while carrying out criminal activity.
Yesterday, agents working in collaboration with the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) identified a stash house with 54 illegal aliens from various countries. The individuals were from Guatemala, Honduras, India, Mexico, El Salvador, and Ecuador.
Later that day, Kingsville agents working checkpoint operations referred a vehicle to the secondary inspection area after receiving a Border Patrol K-9 alert. Agents discovered two illegal aliens concealed in the trunk.
Agents offered medical attention to the illegal aliens in the cases but all declined.
All subjects will be processed accordingly. The three cases are being referred for prosecution.
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!”
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.