The U.S. Border Patrol agents struck hard blows against trafficking in human beings and drugs when they found 62 illegal immigrants in pressure in a “stash house”, and 35 bundles of methamphetamine hidden in a car door in Texas, officials said Wednesday.
The Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency shall coordinate the cooperation with the Webb County Sheriff’s Office in the Lone Star State.
CBP officials said that agents received a tip that a large number of illegal immigrants were in a house in Laredo waiting to be moved to the interior of the United States. Officials noted that the migrants from the four countries — Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.
“This enforcement action shows the United States Border Patrol’s commitment to work with the Webb County Sheriff’s Office and other law enforcement partners to disrupt illegal activity and deny criminal organizations the ability to work, and the protection of human life,” Laredo Sector Assistant Chief Patrol Agent Jose Martinez said in a prepared statement.
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The surgery occurred three days after Border Patrol officers in the same sector are taken up to 44.1 pounds of methamphetamine at a checkpoint on U.S. 59 near Freer, Texas.
Officials said the drugs were hidden in the rocker panels of a sedan after the car was intended for a search. Agents found a total of 35 bundles, valued at an estimated $1.4 million. The agents arrested a Mexican man and referred the case to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).
“The vigilance of the men and women of the United States Border Patrol in disrupting the narcotics testifies to our commitment in keeping America and its communities safe,” Martinez said in a statement.
The smuggling of drugs and people has become commonplace along the southwest border. Tuesday also brought a reminder of the dangers that the men and women who fight against the daily threats.
CBP officials also reported Wednesday that a 21-year veteran of the Border Patrol suffered a gunshot wound while on patrol Chimney Canyon in Arizona at about 4:30 a.m. The agent, an experienced paramedic, treated his wound and over the radio for help.
According to immigration officials, an unknown number of people attacked the agent, with a fire a few gunshots, slaps him a few times. Agents rush to the scene arranged for him to be flown to a hospital.
The agency has, in the name of the officer. Authorities say the Border Patrol Tactical tactical unit searched the area but unable to locate the suspects. Officials described the region as rural and mountainous, with limited supervision on technology.
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