EDINBURG, Texas – Rio Grande Valley Sector Border Patrol agents made 21 arrests from four migrant smuggling events in the past 24 hours.
On September 12, a McAllen Border Patrol Station agent attempted to conduct a vehicle stop on a Plymouth Voyager near Havana. The driver failed to yield and led agents on a vehicle pursuit. The van slowed down and the occupants, including the driver, exited the vehicle and fled. The van collided with a fence and came to a stop. Agents arrested three migrants from El Salvador. The driver was not located.
Shortly after that incident, Rio Grande City Border Patrol agents were led on a vehicle pursuit with a Chevrolet Impala departing Fronton. The vehicle drove through a barbed wire fence before coming to a stop and the occupants bailed out. Agents arrested the driver and two migrants. The driver, a U.S. citizen juvenile, and the vehicle were turned over to Starr County Sherriff’s Office deputies.
Just after midnight on September 13, RGV agents were led on two vehicle pursuits approximately an hour apart, with a Chevrolet Suburban and a Nissan Altima near San Manuel. The drivers in both smuggling events drove through ranch property fences before coming to a stop and the occupants bailing out. Agents arrested twelve migrants from the first bailout and three migrants during the later. The drivers were not located.