Rio Grande Valley Sector

360 Pounds of Meth Seized at Texas Border Crossings

Rio Grande Valley Sector Customs and Border Protection officers seized nearly 360 pounds of methamphetamine during three failed drug smuggling attempts at South Texas border crossings. The seizures took nearly $8 million in drugs out of the hands of cartel-connected smugglers.

CBP officers in South Texas seized methamphetamine. Photo: U.S. Customs and Border Protection/Rio Grande Valley Sector

South Texas Border Sector Leads in Migrant Apprehensions

Border Patrol agents in the Rio Grande Valley Sector continue to lead the nation in the apprehension of migrants illegally crossing from Mexico. Under Title 42 Coronavirus protection protocols put in place by the CDC, nearly all are expelled to Mexico within a few hours of arrest.

Rio Grande Valley Sector Border Patrol agents arrest three Chinese migrants and an alleged human smuggler near Madero, Texas. (Photo: Bob Price/Breitbart Texas)

$19M in Meth Seized in Single Failed Texas Border Crossing

Rio Grande Valley Sector Customs and Border Protection officers seized another huge load of methamphetamine headed to the streets in American cities across the county. An inspection of a tractor-trailer rig at the Pharr International Bridge that connects Texas and Mexico led to the discovery of nearly a half-ton of methamphetamine.

CBP officers seize nearly a half-ton of methamphetamine at the Pharr International Bridge in South Texas. (Photo: U.S. Customs and Border Protection/Rio Grande Valley Sector)

33 Migrants Found in Trucks in Failed Human Smuggling Attempts

Rio Grande Valley Sector Border Patrol agents apprehended 33 migrants they found in cargo areas of commercial trucks in two separate incidents. The agents found 13 migrants in the cargo area of one truck and 20 more in a second. Additionally, agents rescued a Guatemalan woman in Brooks County, Texas, who had been abandoned by human smugglers.

26 illegal aliens found in box truck at Falfurrias checkpoint. (Photo: U.S. Border Patrol)

Three Criminal Aliens Arrested in Texas After Crossing Border

Border Patrol agents working opposite ends of the Texas border arrested three previously deported criminal aliens after they illegally crossed into Texas. Agents identified one of the illegal aliens as a four-time deported Mexican national convicted of voluntary manslaughter, the second as a sex offender, and the third as a MS-13 gang member with a criminal history.

Immigrants walk handcuffed after illegally crossing the U.S.-Mexico border and being caught by the U.S. Border Patrol on December 7, 2015 near Rio Grande City, Texas. Border Patrol agents continue to capture hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants, even as the total numbers of those crossing has gone down. (Photo …

22 Migrants Held by Armed Human Smugglers Rescued in Texas near Border

U.S. Border Patrol officials in the Rio Grande Valley Sector received information regarding a group of migrants being held against their will by armed human smugglers. The smugglers held the migrants in a stash house located in Rio Grande City, Texas. Agents notified the Starr County Sheriff’s Office and CBP Air and Marine Operations and requested assistance.

Border Patrol agents found a hunting rifle, a shotgun, and an airsoft gun in a human smuggling stash house in Texas near the Mexican border. (Photo: U.S. Border Patrol/Rio Grande Valley Sector)

Human Smuggling Stash House Busted in Texas near Border

Despite the dangers from the spread of COVID-19, Mexican cartel-connected human smugglers continue to warehouse their “cargo” in stash houses in communities along the Texas border with Mexico. Most recently, Rio Grande Valley Sector Border Patrol agents apprehended a group of migrants being stashed in a home in Rio Grande City, Texas.

Laredo Sector agents find ten illegal aliens packed into motel stash house. (Photo: U.S. Border Patrol/Laredo Sector)

Five Migrants Rescued from Dehydration Along Texas Border

Border Patrol agents in South Texas carried out multiple rescues of migrants as summertime temperatures approached the century mark. Agents rescued at least four who became distressed or dehydrated after illegally crossing the border from Mexico and one who suffered a snake bite while attempting to sneak around an interior immigration checkpoint.

Laredo Sector Border Patrol agents save life of migrant who was lost without food or water in summer heat. (Photo: U.S. Border Patrol/Laredo Sector)

Migrant Rescued from Near-Death in Texas Heat near Border

Rio Grande Valley Sector Border Patrol agents rescued a migrant who nearly died from the extreme heat along the Texas border with Mexico. The rescue marks the 222nd time this fiscal year that agents in this single sector have rescued migrants being smuggled into the U.S.

Rio Grande Sector Border Patrol agents rescued a Mexican illegal alien who was about to die in the Texas heat. (Photo: U.S. Border Patrol/Rio Grande Valley Sector)

200 Pounds of Meth, Heroin Seized in Texas at Border Crossings

Customs and Border Protection officers in the Laredo and Rio Grande Valley Sector interdicted shipments of methamphetamine and heroin at ports of entry on the Texas-Mexico border. The officers seized more than 200 pounds of the drugs valued at more than $4 million.

Methamphetamine and heroin seized at the Hidalgo Port of Entry. (Photo: U.S. Customs and Border Protection/Hidalgo Port of Entry)