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Human traffickers cram 31 undocumented immigrants in stash houses near Texas border

October 30, 2016  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Human traffickers cram 31 undocumented immigrants in stash houses near Texas border

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Human traffickers packed groups of undocumented immigrants into two stash houses near the Texas border in what Border Patrol agents described as “deplorable conditions.”

U.S. Border Patrol agents working in the Rio Grande Valley Sector collaborated with Hidalgo County Sheriff’s deputies and Alton police officers to pursue a tip received from neighbors regarding possible stash houses used by human traffickers.

Agents received warrants to search the two residences, Breitbart Texas reported.

In one of the properties, 31 undocumented immigrants were crammed like sardines into a small house.

The immigrants, which included women and small children, were reported to be from El Salvador, Mexico, Guatemala, and Honduras. Supervisory Border Patrol Agent Marlene Castro said that the individuals were “rescued from deplorable conditions.”

An American citizen, who was allegedly managing the stash house, was arrested and is facing possible human smuggling charges.

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Jose Alfredo Jimenez-Dimas mugshot photo: U.S. Border Patrol

A second search revealed that over 15 immigrants were packed into another stash house in the area. The operator of that stash house was also apprehended.

Border Patrol agents have raided multiple stash houses in Hidalgo County over the past few weeks. The raids are due, in part, to a “Se Busca Informacion” campaign being carried out in the Rio Grande Valley Sector to urge residents to report suspicious activity and, in particular, certain high-profile stash house operatives.

The U.S. Border Patrol has installed large billboards and distributed flyers identifying what Castro described as their “ten most wanted smugglers” in the community.

“The Se Busca Informacion initiative seeks assistance from the public in locating known smugglers exploiting the communities around the Rio Grande Valley. Billboards have been placed at the three Border Patrol checkpoints operated by the Rio Grande Valley Sector.

Border Patrol agents announce “Se Busca Informacion” campaign at an inland checkpoint. Photo: U.S. Border Patrol

Border Patrol agents announce “Se Busca Informacion” campaign at an inland checkpoint. Photo: U.S. Border Patrol

The billboards, along with flyers, show the faces of ten most wanted smugglers in the area. The targeted suspects are numbered and should be referenced when reporting,” Castro explained.

The campaign seems to be successful as more and more stash houses are being unveiled. On Wednesday, agents received a tip regarding the location of one alleged smuggler on their most-wanted list. Jose Alfredo Jimenez-Dimas was apprehended outside his Brownsville, Texas, home and was turned over to the feds for prosecution.

“The smugglers identified in this initiative are ruthless, dangerous, and must be removed from our communities,” said Manuel Padilla, Jr. a Chief Patrol Agent. “The Se Busca Informacion initiative enables us to take an active role in ending the atrocities committed by these criminals.”

Undocumented migrants are frequently kept in stash houses by human traffickers as they endeavor to extort additional money from their relatives. The men are often beaten and threatened.

Women are also subjected to sexual assault as a method of intimidation. Once the funds are collected, foreign nationals are then set to be smuggled past Border Patrol checkpoints located about 70-80 miles north of the Mexican border.

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