EDINBURG, Texas – Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol Sector (RGV) intercepts four smuggling attempts resulting in 54 apprehensions.
Thursday morning, Weslaco Border Patrol Station agents received information regarding illegal aliens being harbored in a Mercedes, TX hotel. Agents and Mercedes Police Department officers approached the room door and encountered two Honduran females, illegally present in the United States. No smuggler was identified.
Simultaneously, Weslaco Border Patrol Station agents alongside Edinburg Police Department officers approached an Edinburg, Texas, hotel suspected of harboring illegal aliens. Six were apprehended from several rooms, including two possible smugglers.
Thursday afternoon, United States Coast Guard riverine units working near Mission encountered a raft with four illegal aliens making its way to the United States’ riverbanks. The aliens quickly jumped off the raft in order to avoid apprehension. The suspected smuggler began to submerge under water and began yelling for help. Coast Guard crewmen were able to recover the Mexican national and turn him over to Border Patrol agents. McAllen Border Patrol Station agents working in the nearby brush, apprehended the three outstanding illegal aliens that absconded from the raft.
Additionally, 42 illegal aliens were discovered in a Mission residence utilized as a human smuggling stash house.
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.