Smuggler pushes mother and child into Rio Grande

MISSION, Texas – McAllen Agents working near Anzalduas Dam rescued a drowning mother and her child Sunday night after a smuggler pushed them off a raft. A Border Patrol agent observed a group of people prepared to board a raft at approximately 8:00 p.m. The agent attempted to deter the group from crossing into the United States due to the close proximity to the dam. The smuggler ignored the agent and instructed the group to board the raft.

As the raft crossed the Rio Grande, the agent saw a woman and her child struggling in the water.

The agent took matters into his own hands and jumped in to rescue the migrants, while the smuggler returned to Mexico. From October 1, 2015 to date, agents in the RGV Sector have rescued more than 510 people. A majority of these lives were placed in danger due to tactics used by human smugglers.

“Human smugglers are ruthless, heartless individuals,” said Chief Patrol Agent Manuel Padilla Jr. ”In this case, they not only place the lives of helpless migrants in danger but put our agents in situations where their own lives are at risk as they are forced to make split second decisions in an attempt to save others.”

May 12

4:16 am - Child Sex Offender Apprehended

McAllen agents apprehended an adult male Mexican national near Hidalgo, Texas.  During processing, record checks revealed the subject was arrested on April 30, 1997, by the Carrollton, Texas Police Department and charged with indecency with a child.

May 11

3:50 a.m. - Unconscious Migrant Rescued

McAllen Border Patrol agents encountered an immigrant who passed out in a brushy area of a local farm.  The subject was evaluated by a Border Patrol EMT and EMS was requested.  Prior to being transported to Mission Hospital, the subject became responsive but lethargic. 

5:15 pm - Big Load Lands $1.3 Million Worth of Marijuana

Sarita Checkpoint agents encountered a semi-tractor trailer loaded with more than 66 bundles of marijuana weighing more than 1,600 pounds and valued at $1,300,480. A K-9 alerted to the trailer. Once at secondary inspection, Backscatter was used and several anomalies were noticed in the pallets inside the trailer.  The driver and passenger of the truck were arrested.

May 10

6:45 a.m. - Smugglers Abandon Immigrants in Harsh Terrain

The Brooks County Sheriff’s Office advised Falfurrias agents of a 9-1-1 caller lost on a Brooks County ranch.  Dispatch operators provided agents with coordinates and a BORSTAR team located the subject.

Later that morning in Kingsville, agents responded to another 9-1-1 call for assistance from a migrant who was lost in the brush in Kenedy County. BORSTAR and CBP Air and Marine support located two subjects who were offered medical attention, but declined.

7:10 p.m. - Immigrants Hoping to go Undetected, Found under Trees

Border Patrol agents at the Falfurrias Checkpoint conducted an immigration inspection on a commercial moving truck. The canine alerted and a search of the cargo area revealed four subjects hiding under some potted trees. The immigrants were drenched in sweat and were offered medical attention but declined. The driver and all four immigrants were placed under arrest.