EDINBURG, Texas – Rio Grande Valley Sector Border Patrol (RGV) agents disrupted four migrant smuggling attempts resulting in 27 arrests.
On Feb 2, RGV agents working near Linn, Texas, attempted to initiate an immigration inspection on a Dodge Ram truck. The driver failed to yield and led the agents on a vehicle pursuit. The truck drove through a ranch perimeter fence before the occupants bailed out of the vehicle. Agents searched the surrounding area and encountered an unaccompanied migrant child from Guatemala. The child was transported to the station to be processed accordingly. The driver was not located.
Approximately one hour later, RGV agents conducted a vehicle stop on a Ford F-150 near La Gloria, Texas. As agents approached the vehicle, the driver drove through a fence and several subjects were seen fleeing from the vehicle. A search of the immediate area resulted in the apprehension of eleven migrants. The driver was not located.
Later in the day, McAllen Border Patrol Station agents assigned to surveillance monitor cameras observed a GMC Sierra picking up several subjects in a well-known smuggling area in Hidalgo, Texas. When responding agents attempted to interdict, the driver led agents on a pursuit. An air asset from Air and Marine Operations responded to assist. The driver eventually came to a stop, where multiple people were observed fleeing. A search of the immediate area resulted in the apprehension of five migrants. The driver was not located.
Additionally, RGV agents received information of a suspected stash house in Roma, Texas. RGV agents along with the Texas Department of Public Safety, convened at the residence and encountered 10 people, determined to be in the United States illegally. The nationals of the Dominican Republic, Honduras, and Mexico were placed under arrest without incident.