EDINBURG – U.S. Border Patrol agents stop four separate alien smuggling attempts resulting in the arrest of 12 people.

On Thursday the agency said agents working at the Javier Vega, Jr. Checkpoint conducted an immigration inspection on three subjects inside a Nissan sedan. During the inspection, agents identified one of the occupants as a Mexican national, illegally present in the United States.

That same day, agents working near San Manuel, Texas, attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a pickup suspected of smuggling after the driver almost caused a vehicle accident. The driver refused to yield to the Border Patrol and veered off the highway. Agents observed several subjects abandon the pickup and run into the brush. A quick search of the area resulted in the apprehension of two illegal aliens.   

The following day, Rio Grande City agents attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a Ford Ranger suspected of smuggling people near Roma, Texas. As Border Patrol agents activated their emergency lights, the driver refused to yield and a pursuit ensued. The pursuit ended after the driver struck a barbed wire fence and then fled the scene. Agents searched the area and apprehended one undocumented immigrant.

On Saturday, agents from the McAllen Border Patrol station with the assistance of an Air and Marine Operations air asset, agents located five undocumented subject and the driver. Agents identified the driver as a juvenile United States citizen and was turned over to the Mission Police Department.

Border Patrol will process all subjects accordingly.