Edinburg, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents working at immigration checkpoints encountered two separate smuggling attempts resulting in high-speed flights. 

On Thursday night, Kingsville agents working at the Sarita Checkpoint referred a vehicle to the secondary inspection area. The driver then fled the checkpoint at a high rate of speed. Agents pursued the vehicle and alerted multiple local law enforcement agencies. The driver wrecked the vehicle and it came to a stop. Authorities took the driver into custody and discovered three illegal aliens in the trunk of the vehicle.

Similarly, on Sunday evening, Border Patrol agents working at the Falfurrias Checkpoint referred a Chrysler 300 for a secondary inspection after a Border Patrol K-9 alert. The driver refused to follow instructions and fled the checkpoint at a high rate of speed. Agents pursued the fleeing vehicle along Highway 281 until it came to a stop near San Manuel, Texas. All occupants inside the vehicle exited the car and ran into the brush. Agents searched the area and located two illegal aliens and a 17-year-old United States citizen.

Operation Big Rig is a call to action for the community to get involved and call 911 if they see or are aware of smuggling or suspicious activity, “They’re humans, not cargo!”

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