In Edinburg, Texas, U.S. Border Patrol agents seized more than 550 pounds of marijuana, intercepted multiple human smuggling attempts, and disrupted a stash house operation all in one weekend.
Border Patrol agents assigned to the Falfurrias checkpoint referred a tractor trailer to a secondary inspection after a service K-9 positively alerted to the tractor trailer. During the secondary inspection, agents encountered 20 subjects in the refrigerated reefer trailer hiding among the produce.
On Saturday March 4th, 2020 Agents also working at the Falfurrias checkpoint encountered five individuals hidden in the cab of a tractor trailer following a positive K-9 alert. Agents assigned to the Rio Grande City station disrupted a stash house operation that resulted in the apprehension of seven illegal aliens and two caretakers. Also three separate narcotic smuggling attempts resulted in the seizure of more than $440,000.00 worth of marijuana.
Even with the spread of the COVID-19 virus, human smugglers continue to try these brazen attempts with zero regard for the lives they endanger nor to the health of the citizens of our great nation. The U.S. Border Patrol agents of the Rio Grande Valley Sector will continue to safeguard the nation and community against these criminal elements.
The public is encouraged to take a stand against crime in their communities and report suspicious activity at 800-863-9382. “Operation Big Rig” is a campaign to combat smuggling and ultimately save lives. Call 911 to report suspicious activity; “They’re humans, not cargo!”