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Interagency collaboration leads to 28 arrests

EDINBURGH, Texas — Rio Grande Valley Sector (RGV) Border Patrol agents disrupted four attempts to smuggle migrants, resulting in 28 arrests. A large group of nearly 250 migrants was also encountered in La Grulla, Texas.

On March 9, officers working at the Falfurrias Border Patrol checkpoint returned a tractor carrying a refrigerated trailer to the secondary inspection area after an initial immigration inspection. While questioning the driver, a Cuban citizen with a United States work authorization card, officers encountered ten migrants illegally in the United States in the cabin of his trailer. Three of the ten migrants were unaccompanied minors. All subjects were placed under arrest and escorted to the checkpoint.

On March 10, officers from the Weslaco Border Patrol Post responded to a request for assistance from U.S. Marshals at a residence in Pharr. Authorities encountered nine migrants inside the residence. Officers determined that the nine migrants were Mexican and Central American citizens illegally present in the United States. No guards were identified at the scene.

Later that morning, RGV officers responded to a suspected migrant hideout at the Alamo, where they apprehended five illegally present adult migrants from Mexico and Central America.

That afternoon, agents and soldiers from the Texas Department of Public Safety received information that migrants were being housed at a residence in Brownsville. At the residence, they apprehended two migrants from Mexico and Honduras, and the guard, an American citizen.

Additionally, officers from the Rio Grande City Border Patrol Post encountered a large group of 249 migrants south of La Grulla. The group consisted of 133 single adults, 74 family members and 42 unaccompanied minors from Central and South America and Cuba.

All subjects were treated accordingly.

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