Border Patrol discover stash house, stops human smuggling attempts

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Source: U.S. Border Patrol

EDINBURG, Texas – On Tuesday, Rio Grande Valley Sector agents working in conjunction with the Hidalgo County Constable’s Office conducted a welfare check at a residence in Pharr. The agency’s press release said law enforcement officers discovered six undocumented immigrants. The subjects are from the countries of Ecuador, Honduras, and Mexico.

The following day, Rio Grande City agents working in Roma observed several subjects get in a Nissan Altima and drive away. Agents contacted the Roma Police Department for assistance. Officers encountered the suspect vehicle parked at a residence.

The release said, as the driver exited the vehicle, Roma Police officers conducted an interview and advised agents of three men attempting to conceal themselves in the rear seat of the vehicle. After interviewing the subjects, agents determined the Mexican and Honduran nationals were illegally present in the United States. The driver and passengers were taken into custody.

Hours later, agents working at the Javier Vega, Jr. Border Patrol checkpoint referred a tractor trailer for secondary inspection following a K-9 alert. During the inspection of the sleeping area, officers discovered and arrested two male Salvadoran nationals who admitted to being in U.S. illegally. An additional search of the tractor revealed 618 grams of Xanax inside the drivers cab. The driver was arrested, said the release.

On Thursday, Border Patrol agents stopped two human smuggling attempts that resulted in the arrest of five people who were in the country illegally. Border Patrol processed all subjects accordingly.

The public is encouraged to take a stand against crime in their communities and report suspicious activity at 800-863-9382.

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