Joint Law Enforcement Cooperation Leads to Stash Houses

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LAREDO, Texas – Over a 24-hour period, Laredo Sector Border Patrol agents and law enforcement partners exposed two stash houses and arrested over 70 undocumented individuals throughout Laredo.

The first stash house was found during the mid-evening of July 5.  Agents acted on a request for assistance from the Laredo Police Department (LPD) with a possible stash house on Logan Avenue.  Agents and LPD discovered 40 undocumented individuals from the countries of Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador.

The second incident occurred the next afternoon when Laredo South Station agents along with law enforcement partners approached a residence in east Laredo.  Over 30 undocumented individuals from the countries of Mexico, Guatemala, and El Salvador were found inside the residence. stash houses at laredo

The individuals from the stash houses were not wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) when found.  The individuals were provided PPE and were medically screened and processed accordingly.

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 The use of stash houses by criminal organizations continues to be a threat to national security and to the citizens of our Nation, but they are also a danger to the people they exploit by concealing them in dilapidated close quarters.

The cooperation between our local law enforcement partners in our communities continue to have a great impact to the criminal element and making our communities safer.  Help us take a stand against these criminal organizations and their dangerous acts by reporting suspicious activity in our neighborhoods.

To report suspicious activity such as human and/or drug smuggling, download the “USBP Laredo Sector” App or contact the Laredo Sector Border Patrol toll free at 1-800-343-1994.  If you see something, say something.


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