Yesterday, U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the McAllen station, along with Air and Marine Operations, halted a smuggling attempt.

Agents conducting operations south of Mission, Texas observed multiple subjects loading into a mini-van near the Rio Grande. Shortly after, agents reported that the vehicle was departing the area at a high rate of speed.

As agents attempted to conduct a vehicle stop, the driver failed to yield to their emergency equipment. Pilots in an Air and Marine helicopter responded and followed the vehicle until the driver stopped and attempted to abscond. Agents immediately arrested the United States citizen driver and discovered eight illegal aliens from China and Mexico within the vehicle.

All subjects will be processed accordingly.

The public is encouraged to take a stand against crime in their communities and report suspicious activity at 800-863-9382.

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