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Cooperation between U.S. Border Patrol, Mexican authorities leads to raid of human smuggling stash house

July 2, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Cooperation between U.S. Border Patrol, Mexican authorities leads to raid of human smuggling stash house

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Cross-border collaboration between U.S. Border Patrol agents and Mexican authorities resulted in the rescue of 24 immigrants being held in a human smuggling stash house in the Mexican city of Nuevo Laredo.

Border Patrol agents working in the Laredo Sector Intelligence Unit received a tip about a large group of migrants being kept in a stash house in Nuevo Laredo, Breitbart Texas reported.

The agents then relayed the information to the Laredo Sector’s Foreign Operations Branch who, then, informed the Government of Mexico.

Mexican officials went to the residence and found 24 people locked inside. The Mexican law enforcement operation led to the rescue of 24 individuals — all from Guatemala.

“This enforcement action demonstrates the exceptional level of binational cooperation that the Border Patrol has with the Government of Mexico,” Assistant Chief Patrol Agent Gabriel Acosta announced in a statement. “We intend to continue this cooperation between both governments to detect and prevent the smuggling of individuals.”

Migrants are often kept in stash houses south of the U.S. border with Mexico while the cartel smugglers await the timing to organize a border crossing. Generally, the smugglers will use the opportunity to extort additional money from relatives of the migrants. Additionly, migrants are subjected to horrific conditions and are frequently beaten or assaulted.

The smugglers will usually attempt to time the smuggling of people across the border to establish a distraction for Border Patrol agents while they move drugs across the border at another location.

The Laredo Sector is responsible for patrolling 170 miles of river border with Mexico to prevent drug and human smuggling as well as to protect the U.S. from terrorists who might try to take advantage of border conditions in this sector.

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