Edinburg, Texas – The weekly activity reflects the operational tempo of the Rio Grande Valley Sector.

Monday, August 13, 2018 

- McAllen agents rescued a distressed Mexican woman whose temperature exceeded 105˚F.

She was subsequently transported to the hospital. 

- McAllen agents arrested an illegal alien wanted in Hidalgo County for sexual assault of a child.

- Falfurrias agents located a Honduran man and transported him to the hospital after he had been lost for three days.

- Weslaco agents encountered a group of 44 illegal aliens comprised of family units and unaccompanied children.

- Agents working at the Sarita Checkpoint arrested a man in possession of a stolen firearm.

- Agents in Mission, Texas discovered a 25-pound bundle of marijuana near a group of five illegal aliens they had apprehended.

- BORTAC agents assisted the Sullivan City Police Department in a human smuggling investigation. Four illegal aliens were arrested.

- McAllen agents were involved in a pursuit of a vehicle that bailed out near La Joya, Texas, resulting in the apprehension of six illegal aliens.

- BORSTAR agents located two lost subjects who had been lost for two days near Falfurrias, Texas.

- Agents chased a vehicle that “splashed down” into the Rio Grande near Fronton, Texas.

- Agents throughout the Rio Grande Valley arrested five Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) gang members in separate incidents.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

- Kingsville agents arrested a United States citizen at the Sarita checkpoint after a failed smuggling attempt. Three illegal aliens were arrested.

- McAllen agents transported a Guatemalan national to the hospital after he suffered a severe allergic reaction to bee stings.

- Weslaco agents arrested four illegal aliens who bailed out of a vehicle following a traffic stop near Encino, Texas.

- Weslaco agents seized 547 pounds of marijuana abandoned in a vehicle south of San Juan, Texas.

- BORSTAR agents rescued two distressed subjects lost in Brooks County.

- McAllen agents arrested a Salvadoran man who they later confirmed is as an MS-13 gang member.

- McAllen agents encountered a pregnant Salvadoran woman who was later identified as an MS-13 gang member.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

- Falfurrias agents rescued a Guatemalan national after smugglers abandoned him.

- Agents at the Falfurrias checkpoint arrested a United States citizen after a foiled smuggling attempt; 26 pounds of marijuana were seized.

- Kingsville agents arrested two United States citizens after locating marijuana and a loaded firearm inside their vehicle.

- Fort Brown agents discovered an abandoned bundle of marijuana near Brownsville, Texas.

- Brownsville agents disrupted a narcotic smuggling attempt and seized 92 pounds of marijuana.

- Corpus Christi agents responded to the report of a deceased subject along Highway 77.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

- Fort Brown agents arrested a Mexican national attempting to smuggle a single bundle of marijuana near Brownsville, Texas.

- Falfurrias agents arrested two United States citizens attempting to smuggle an illegal alien in the trunk of their vehicle.

- Falfurrias agents arrested a Mexican national with a prior conviction for rape of a child.

- Agents disrupted a stash house operation in Weslaco, Texas resulting in the apprehension of 13 illegal aliens and 1 United States citizen.

- McAllen agents apprehend four illegal aliens who attempted to evade after a vehicle stop in Mission, Texas.

- BORTAC agents conducted a vehicle stop and discovered four illegal aliens being smuggled.

- Fort Brown agents arrested four illegal aliens smuggling 46 pounds of marijuana near Brownsville, Texas.

- Falfurrias agents rescued a man who was abandoned by smugglers in Brooks County. 

- Weslaco agents discovered a deceased subject along the U.S. riverbank.

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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