Edinburg, Texas – The weekly activity reflects the operational tempo of the Rio Grande Valley Sector from August 20 – 26, 2018.

Monday, August 20, 2018

- Fort Brown agents arrested two narcotic smugglers and 56 pounds of marijuana near Brownsville, Texas.

- Falfurrias agents foiled a human smuggling attempt at the checkpoint, three illegal aliens were arrested.

- Kingsville agents discovered human remains near Armstrong, Texas.

- Fort Brown agents arrested a juvenile Mexican national in possession of a small amount of cocaine.

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

- McAllen agents rescued two illegal aliens who almost drowned in a canal attempting to avoid apprehension in La Joya, Texas.

- Rio Grande City agents seized over 500 pounds of marijuana and arrested eight narcotic smugglers near La Casita, Texas.

- Weslaco agents encountered a group of 54 illegal aliens near Hidalgo, Texas.

- Agents discovered the body of a deceased individual in a water basin near Mercedes, Texas.

- Rio Grande City agents rescued a Mexican man abandoned along the side of a dirt road in Roma, Texas.

Wednesday, August 22, 2018 

- Fort Brown agents arrested a narcotic smuggler and seized a 26 pound bundle of marijuana near Brownsville, Texas.

- Kingsville agents seized nearly 3 pounds of heroin off a body carrier at the Sarita Checkpoint.

- Falfurrias agents arrested a Honduran national who has a warrant of arrest out of Dekalb County, Georgia for rape.

- Harlingen agents encountered a 16 year-old unaccompanied child who was assaulted by smugglers after he requested to be returned to Mexico.

- Rio Grande City agents arrested a Honduran man who was previously arrested and convicted of sexual battery.

Thursday, August 23, 2018

- Fort Brown agents seized two bundles of marijuana and arrested a Mexican national after a failed narcotic smuggling attempt in Brownsville, Texas.

- McAllen agents located 219 pounds of abandoned marijuana in Havana, Texas.

- Harlingen agents seized 145 pounds of marijuana near Calaboz, Texas.

- Fort Brown agents assisted in the identification of a stash house in Brownsville, Texas resulting in the apprehension of four illegal aliens.

- Falfurrias agents located and rescued a Salvadoran man after he called 911 for assistance.

- Fort Brown agents located a 33 pound bundle of marijuana along the Rio Grande near Brownsville, Texas.

- Falfurrias agents arrested a Salvadoran man who was later identified as an 18th Street Gang member.

Friday, August 24, 2018

- Horse Patrol agents discovered human remains near La Grulla, Texas.

- McAllen agents seized over 1,300 pounds of marijuana during a failed narcotic smuggling attempt near Mission, Texas.

- McAllen agents arrested an MS-13 gang member near Penitas, Texas.

- Rio Grande City agents arrested an MS-13 gang member in La Grulla, Texas.

- McAllen agents arrested an MS-13 gang member near Hidalgo, Texas, who had been previously deported from the country.

Saturday, August 25, 2018 

- Kingsville agents arrested a United States citizen after a failed smuggling attempt at the Sarita checkpoint. Agents discovered three illegal aliens concealed in the vehicle.

- A McAllen agent was assaulted while taking two subjects into custody.

Sunday, August 26, 2018

- A Weslaco Border Patrol unit was immobilized by a caltrop placed on the river road near Progreso, Texas. A search of the area resulted in the discovery of three additional caltrops.

- A vehicle fled from the Falfurrias checkpoint after a Border Patrol K-9 alerted. Agents arrested two illegal aliens and a United States citizen.

- Kingsville agents apprehended a group of 16 illegal aliens near Armstrong, Texas. One of the illegal aliens was identified as an 18thStreet Gang member.

- Kingsville agents rescued three illegal aliens that called 911 for assistance.

The Rio Grande Valley Sector currently has multiple campaigns focused on rescues and danger awareness, such as “Operation Big Rig” and “No Se Arriesgue” to combat smuggling and ultimately save lives. Call 911 to report suspicious activity; “They’re humans, not cargo!”   

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