Three human trafficking attempts foiled in less than 12 hours

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EDINBURGH, Texas — Rio Grande Valley Sector (RGV) Border Patrol agents disrupted three attempts to smuggle migrants, resulting in 16 arrests.

On the evening of January 30, RGV officers attempted to pull over a Dodge Charger on US Highway 281 near San Manuel, Texas. The vehicle did not yield and led officers into a vehicle chase. Texas Department of Public Safety soldiers responded to assist in the pursuit. The Charger came to a stop, after being pulled over near FM 490. The driver, a US citizen, and two occupants fled but were apprehended shortly thereafter. The two passengers were Salvadoran nationals illegally residing in the United States. All subjects were transported to the station for treatment.

Just after midnight on January 31, RGV agents were engaged in another vehicle chase with a Dodge Ram north of San Manuel. A CBP Air and Marine Operations helicopter responded and located the ram after it ran through a big game fence, where it continued until the officer lost sight of it. As officers approached the vehicle, they discovered that the driver had remained in the vehicle and an unknown number of subjects had fled. The driver, a US citizen, was in possession of a small amount of methamphetamine. The vehicle, methamphetamine and driver were turned over to Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office deputies. Officers were unable to locate any additional subjects.

Hours later, a Chevrolet Silverado 3500 flatbed welding truck drove through a fence and into brush near Santa Elena, Texas as RGV officers attempted to stop the vehicle. Officers searched the immediate area and apprehended 11 Mexican migrants illegally present in the United States. The driver has not been located.

Border Patrol handles matters accordingly.

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