EDINBURG, Texas –Rio Grande Valley Sector Border Patrol (RGV) agents continue to disrupt human smuggling as smugglers attempt to transport migrants further into the United States.
On Nov. 10, at approximately 7:00 p.m., RGV agents working near Linn, Texas, attempted to conduct a vehicle stop on a white Chevrolet Silverado traveling on the northbound lane of Highway 281. The driver failed to yield to agents and continued off road through a ranch property fence. The vehicle was found abandoned approximately 50 yards from the fence stuck in the sand. Four subjects determined to be citizens of Honduras were taken into custody. The driver was not located.
In the early morning hours of Nov. 11, another white Chevrolet Silverado failed to yield as agents attempted to conduct a vehicle stop near Linn, Texas. The driver eventually pulled to the side of the road and several subjects exited the vehicle and ran into the nearby brush. One Honduran citizen was taken into custody. The driver was not located.
On Nov. 11, at approximately 12 p.m., La Joya Police Department officers requested assistance from the McAllen Border Patrol Station (MCS) with a vehicle stop they conducted south of Highway 83. Agents arrived at the location and interviewed the occupants of the vehicle. MCS agents determined the driver and passenger of the vehicle were United States citizens, however, the four subjects they had just picked up were citizens of Mexico, illegally present in the United States. La Joya PD filed human smuggling charges on the driver and passenger. The four migrants were taken into Border Patrol custody.
Approximately one hour later, La Joya Police Department reported they were in pursuit of a Chevrolet Tahoe that failed to yield. The vehicle came to a stop near FM 2221 and 4 Mile Line Road north of La Joya, Texas. MCS agents responded to assist and apprehended the driver and three illegally present migrants from Mexico in the nearby area. La Joya PD took custody of the driver and impounded the vehicle.
In the dark morning hours of Nov. 12, Kingsville Border Patrol Station agents observed a Chevrolet Suburban suspected of human smuggling make a sudden turn around near Armstrong, Texas. The vehicle failed to yield to agents and drove through a closed ranch gate. The vehicle came to an abrupt stop and several subjects absconded into the brush. Agents discovered two migrants, citizens of Mexico and Honduras, in the nearby area. The driver was not located.
All subjects are being processed accordingly.
The public is encouraged to take a stand against crime in their communities and report suspicious activity at 800-863-9382.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation’s borders at and between official ports of entry. CBP is charged with securing the borders of the United States while enforcing hundreds of laws and facilitating lawful trade and travel.