The collaboration between the security forces leads to 56 arrests of migrants

EDINBURGH, Texas – Border Patrol officers in the Rio Grande Valley area banned six attempted smuggling migrants over the weekend that resulted in 56 arrests and identified two migrant hiding places.

On November 19, officers from the McAllen Border Patrol Station (MCS) responded to a call for assistance from officers from the La Joya Police Department (LJPD) in a search for several people who fled on foot after a vehicle stop. Response officers assisted in apprehending the driver who was identified as an American citizen and four migrants from Central America. LJPD took care of the vehicle and the driver. The migrants were taken into custody by the border patrol.

That evening, officers from the Weslaco Border Patrol Station (WSL) made a vehicle stop on a white Chevrolet Malibu at a gas station on Business 77 and FM 493. As the officer approached the vehicle, the occupants fled in different directions. The officer immediately apprehended an individual and then saw the vehicle flee from the area. Response officers assisted with four other migrant apprehensions. The migrants are Mexican and Salvadoran nationals.

Later that night, WSL agents responded to a call for help from deputies from the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office who were at the scene of an abandoned trailer with 23 suspected migrants in Donna. Officers interviewed the subjects and determined that the 23 were migrants from Central America and Mexico. No guard has been identified.

Also on the night of November 19, Corpus Christi Border Patrol officers responded to a call for help from an assistant from the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office during a vehicle stop in Port Lavaca. The deputy made a vehicle stop on a white GMC Sierra pulling a trailer and encountered seven subjects hidden in the trailer. The agents in charge of the intervention determined that the seven individuals were migrants from Mexico and Guatemala and placed them under arrest. The deputy took custody of the vehicle and the driver to prosecute state smuggling charges. Officers later discovered, through file checks, that a migrant had previously been convicted of child sexual assault and sentenced to five years in Alabama detention.

On November 20, MCS officers responded to a call from a concerned citizen about possible migrants loading into a green van near Los Indios Road and Conway Avenue in Mission. Officers responded and attempted to stop a green Ford Ranger. The vehicle did not yield and led the officer in pursuit and eventually came to a stop, where several people fled into the brush. A CBP Air and Marine Operations helicopter arrived to assist. A search in the immediate vicinity resulted in the apprehension of five migrants from Honduras. The driver has not been located.

That evening, officers from the Rio Grande City Border Patrol Station as well as deputies from the Starr County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) responded to a residence that could be used to house migrants in Escobares. Upon arrival, authorities observed individuals fleeing through the windows of the residence. Officers apprehended 12 migrants from Mexico at the scene.

All matters have been treated accordingly.

The public is encouraged to take a stand against crime in their community and to report any suspicious activity to 800-863-9382.

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