EDINBURG – Rio Grande Valley Sector (RGV) Border Patrol Special Operations Detachment operators recently returned from North Carolina where they assisted in relief efforts.

Last week, eight operators and an incident commander returned from their deployment in response to the aftermath of Hurricane Florence. The unit, along with local, state and federal agencies, assisted in over 60 missions that consisted of search and rescue efforts to include water rescues and welfare checks. They also provided security in critical landing zones and centers distributing necessities such as food, water, hygiene products and meals ready to eat.

The Rio Grande Valley Sector remains readily available to provide humanitarian and life preservation efforts as needed.

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!”