LAREDO, TX – Over the course of two days, Laredo Sector Border Patrol agents, along with Laredo Police Department (LPD), and other federal law enforcement partners, located five stash houses and apprehended over 200 illegal aliens throughout Laredo.
The first incident occurred during the mid-afternoon of June 7, when agents from Laredo South Station received information from a concerned citizen about a possible stash house on Mims Avenue. Agents, along with LPD, conducted a welfare check at the residence and discovered 29 illegal aliens from the countries of Mexico, Honduras, and El Salvador. The temperature inside the residence was close to 100 degrees Fahrenheit.
Later that day, Laredo South Station and LPD investigated a report of a suspected stash house located on Canelo Drive. Law enforcement officers discovered 20 individuals that were in the U.S. illegally and from the country of Mexico.
The third stash house was located later that evening when Laredo South Station agents received a request from LPD of a suspected stash house on San Francisco Avenue. Once agents arrived on scene, 82 illegal aliens from the countries of Guatemala, El Salvador, Mexico, Honduras, and Nicaragua were apprehended.
Agents, along with LPD, and federal law enforcement partners discovered a fourth stash house on Invierno Lane on June 8th. A search of the residence resulted in the apprehension of 55 illegal aliens from the countries of Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Ecuador, and Nicaragua.
The final stash house was found by agents from the Laredo North Station and LPD on San Agustin Avenue. Law enforcement officers apprehended 30 illegal aliens. The individuals were from the countries of Mexico and Guatemala and were in the U.S. illegally.
The individuals from the stash houses were not wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) when encountered. They were provided PPE and were medically screened and processed accordingly.
“Illegal stash houses remain in high use throughout our community, which continues to be highlighted by our City partners. These houses often have no electricity, no running water or any type of air conditioning, and the people being held inside are not free to leave. Summer heat makes these situations extremely dangerous,” said Deputy Chief Patrol Agent Carl E. Landrum.