79 Migrants Found in 4 Smuggling Attempts near Border in Texas

Falfurrias Border Patrol agents find 42 migrants hiding in a tractor-trailer loaded with avocados. (Photo: U.S. Border Patrol/Rio Grande Valley Sector)
Photo: U.S. Border Patrol/Rio Grande Valley Sector

Rio Grande Valley Sector Border Patrol agents interdicted four human smuggling attempts near the Mexican border in Texas. The agents apprehended 79 migrants illegally present in the United States during a 24-hour period.

Falfurrias Border Patrol Station (FLF) agents assigned to the immigration checkpoint on U.S. Highway 281 on April 26 observed a tractor-trailer approaching for inspection. The agents referred the driver to a secondary inspection area, according to information provided by Rio Grande Valley Sector Border Patrol officials.

During the secondary inspection, the driver presented fraudulent immigration documents. The agents searched the trailer and discovered 23 migrants hiding inside the cargo. The agents arrested the migrants and the driver and took them inside the checkpoint for processing.

On Tuesday, FLF agents referred another tractor-trailer to secondary inspection after a K-9 alerted to the possible presence of drug or human cargo in the trailer, officials stated. Agents searched the trailer filled with pallets of avocados and found 42 migrants hiding between the pallets. The agents arrested the driver and the migrants.

“This method of human smuggling is extremely dangerous as migrants are often locked inside without any means of escape,” Border Patrol officials said in a written statement.

Later that night, FLF agents apprehended 13 more migrants in another failed smuggling attempt at the Falfurrias Border Patrol checkpoint.

Elsewhere in the sector, RGV agents teamed up with the Pharr, Texas, Police Department after receiving a tip about smugglers utilizing motel rooms as a stash house. The agents arrived and found 15 migrants locked in the rooms being utilized to harbor migrants illegally present in the U.S. The agents conducted immigration interviewed the migrants and identified them as foreign nationals from Guatemala, Honduras, and Mexico.

In total, the agents apprehended 79 migrants during the 24-hour period ending on Tuesday night.

Bob Price serves as associate editor and senior news contributor for the Breitbart Texas-Border team. He is an original member of the Breitbart Texas team. Price is a regular panelist on Fox 26 Houston’s What’s Your Point? Sunday-morning talk show. Follow him on Twitter @BobPriceBBTX and Facebook.

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