EDINBURG, TX – Rio Grande Valley Sector (RGV) Border Patrol Agents and local authorities disrupted three human smuggling attempts recently.
Wednesday morning, RGV agents received information of a hotel in Alamo, TX, being used to harbor illegal aliens. Border Patrol, in coordination with the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office, responded to the location and encountered 17 migrants illegally present in the United States within four rooms in the hotel. The illegals were taken into Border Patrol custody for processing.
Early Thursday morning, Penitas Police Department requested assistance from McAllen Border Patrol Station agents when a Ford Expedition failed to yield. The vehicle eventually pulled over near Tom Gil Road and the driver fled on foot into the nearby neighborhood. Border Patrol agents arrived at the location and discovered nine subjects, including a 13 year old child, inside the vehicle.
Agents on scene were able to determine that the nine subjects were illegally present in the United States and from the countries of Mexico, Guatemala, and El Salvador. The illegal aliens were transported to a Border Patrol facility and processed accordingly. The driver was not located.
Additionally, Border Patrol agents discovered 30 illegal aliens being harbored in a Rio Grande City, Texas, residence suspected of operating as a human smuggling stash house.