Edinburg, Texas – U. S. Border Patrol agents interdict eight human smuggling attempts resulting in the apprehension of 55 illegal aliens.

On Monday, Rio Grande City agents responded to a report of a Ford F-350 loading illegal aliens. Mobile units responded to the area and located the vehicle near Roma, Texas. As agents approached the vehicle, they observed multiple subjects exit and attempt to flee. An Air and Marine helicopter responded as well and assisted agents in apprehending 20 illegal aliens.

As additional agents responded to the aforementioned bailout, they encountered a Ford F-150 parked in the middle of the roadway. As agents approached the vehicle, they encountered a group of 17 illegal aliens hidden in the nearby brush line.

Later that afternoon, McAllen agents observed illegal aliens getting into a Chevrolet Equinox near La Joya, Texas. Additional agents responded and located the vehicle near Military Rd and Banworth Canal. When agents encountered the vehicle, they observed several subjects fleeing the scene. Agents apprehended seven subjects who were all determined to be illegally present in the United States.

On Tuesday, McAllen agents responded to a report of illegal aliens traveling in a Buick sedan. When agents located the vehicle, it came to a stop and multiple subjects exited. Agents apprehended one illegal alien and the United States citizen driver.  All other subjects absconded back to Mexico.

That same day, Kingsville agents apprehended two United States citizens attempting to smuggle four illegal aliens through the Sarita checkpoint. Due to a K-9 alert, two vehicles were referred to secondary for inspection. While in secondary, agents discovered two subjects hidden in the truck of each vehicle.

Also in Kingsville, agents arrested two truck drivers who are United States citizens as they attempted to smuggle two illegal aliens in the air dam of the trailer they were driving.

A Falfurrias agent stopped to render aid to a motorist with a flat tire on Highway 281. As agents approached, they noticed a person concealed underneath blankets in the rear seat. During a search of the vehicle, agents discovered a juvenile stuffed inside a duffel bag on the back seat.

Agents arrested the driver, who is a United States citizen, and the both passengers who were illegally present in the United States.All cases remain under investigation and all subjects will be processed accordingly.

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!”   

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