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US RGV Border Patrol Has a Busy 24-Hours

Rio Grande Valley Sector Border Patrol (RGV) agents interdicted five migrant smuggling events within 24-hours that resulted in 140 arrests.

On Tuesday last week, RGV agents, with the assistance from Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) troopers apprehended 14 migrants in a stash house located in Roma. Agents arrested a caretaker who was a Lawfully Admitted Permanent Resident.  All 14 subjects were nationals of Mexico, Honduras, Peru, Dominican Republic unlawfully present in the U.S.

Around noon, McAllen Border Patrol Station (MCS) received an anonymous tip about a white sport utility vehicle that picked-up possible non-citizens near the Rio Grande south of Mission. A DPS trooper attempted to conduct a vehicle stop, but the Dodge Journey led them on a vehicle pursuit. An AMO helicopter responded to assist. The pursuit ended when the vehicle crashed into a tree near Benston Palm Drive. Agents arrived on scene and were advised DPS would be charging the driver, a national of Mexico, and the United States citizen passenger for smuggling. Agents arrested the seven occupants, who were from Central America and Mexico illegally present in the U.S.

Approximately an hour later, an agent observed several subjects load into a Chevrolet Trail Blazer near the Rio Grande south of Mission. A DPS trooper was led on a vehicle pursuit that ended when the vehicle crashed into thick vegetation. The driver and occupants absconded, but were apprehended shortly thereafter. DPS took custody of the juvenile driver from Mexico and agents transported the 10 unlawfully present migrants from Mexico and El Salvador to the station.

Additionally, MCS agents encountered three groups of migrants totaling 104, within an hour. The groups illegally entered the U.S. south of Mission, Texas. The migrants were from Central and South America, and Cuba.

Later, RGV agents encountered a Dodge Ram near Linn, that had apparently lost control and slid into a high-game fence. Agents encountered an adult male near the vehicle who admitted he was unlawfully present in the U.S. The migrant stated he was being smuggled in the vehicle along with several others. Agents searched the immediate area, however, couldn’t locate the driver or any other subjects. The subject was placed under arrest and transported to the station.