Smuggling attempts continue to plague the Rio Grande Valley
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!”
And in Laredo Texas U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) CBP officers at Gateway to the Americas Bridge seized a significant amount of Laredo, Tealleged methamphetamine with an estimated street value of more than $295,000 in one enforcement action.
“Our CBP officers’ experience and vigilance was a key component in this significant narcotic interception,” said Port Director Albert Flores, Laredo Port of Entry. “I thank our CBP officers for their hard work and commitment in keeping our borders secure.”
The seizure occurred on Thursday, July 5 at the Gateway to the Americas Bridge when a CBP officer referred a 39-year-old female Mexican citizen from Guanajuato, Mexico for a secondary examination. A non-intrusive imaging system and canine inspection by CBP officers resulted in the discovery of 14 packages allegedly containing 21.07 pounds of methamphetamine hidden within the subject’s belongings.
The narcotics have an estimated street value of $295,063.
CBP seized the narcotics. The woman was arrested and the case was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI) special agents for further investigation.
This will continue until we take a hardline approach.
Pull our troops out of the Middle East (after nuking the hell out out of those sh*tholes) and put them on our border and if someone crosses the border illegally-SHOOT THEM AND LEAVE THEM TO ROT.
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.