Edinburg, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Rio Grande Valley Sector, working in collaboration with the Hidalgo County Constables Office and the Starr County High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) task force, interrupted two separate stash house operations.

On Monday, agents and constables received information regarding a stash house operating in rural neighborhood in Mission, Texas. As the two agencies approached the residence to conduct a welfare check, several subjects fled from the house. Inside, agents discovered 22 illegal aliens from the countries of Mexico, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala and Nicaragua. The aliens informed officials that they had not eaten in two days. A search of the residence confirmed there was no food, limited water, and no air conditioning. Additionally, two stolen vehicles were recovered on the property.

Today, Rio Grande City agents working with the Starr County HIDTA task force identified a stash house operating out of an apartment complex in Roma, Texas. Inside, agents and officers discovered 13 illegal aliens from the countries of Mexico, El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala.

The Border Patrol is processing the subjects 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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