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Border Patrol agents continue to find human smuggling stash houses in South Texas

May 12, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Border Patrol agents continue to find human smuggling stash houses in South Texas

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Border Patrol officials continue to come across human smuggling stash houses along the Mexican border between the Rio Grande Valley and Laredo, Texas.

In recent weeks, agents hindered human smuggling operations in multiple stash houses and discovered roughly 200 migrants awaiting their chance to be smuggled through or around inland checkpoints.

On Monday, agents working at the McAllen Border station worked with Hidalgo County sheriff’s deputies and special agents from Homeland Security to bust a stash house in McAllen. The agents discovered a total of 70 migrants packed into the small residences, the Laredo Morning Times reported.

Two days before that, McAllen Station agents worked with Texas Public Safety troopers and Hidalgo County deputies to raid another house in Penitas. Authorities were tipped off to the suspicious house. During the raid, officials found 37 undocumented immigrants inside.

While the nationalities of the migrants have not been revealed, agents indicated that there were men, women, and minors in the houses.

Laredo Sector agents received a request for backup from Laredo Police officers on April 25th. The officers reported a suspicious residence. Inside, agents found 25 illegals including men, women, and children. An investigation determined that the migrants came to the U.S. from Mexico, Guatemala, and El Salvador.

Agents working at the Weslaco Station were tipped off about another possible stash house on April 19th. Agents were dispatched with Hidalgo County sheriff’s deputies and discovered a total of 39 illegals packed into the dirty house. The migrants originated from Honduras, Guatemala, Mexico, El Salvador, and Ecuador.

Later that day, Laredo Sector agents raided another stash house filled with 56 illegals from Guatemala, Mexico, and Honduras.

Migrants remain locked inside these stash houses near the Mexican border until their journey to the U.S. interior can be organized. Often, they are beaten and held for ransom as cartel-tied human smugglers attempt to extort additional cash from family.

In total, agents discovered 227 undocumented immigrants in five stash house busts.

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