BLOTTER: US Border Patrol RGV Sector, Dec. 1-5

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>> On Wednesday, Dec. 5, agents in Brownsville seized 722 pounds of marijuana in four separate incidents valued at an estimated $578,000.

>> Rio Grande City agents working near Fronton on Tuesday, Dec. 4, apprehended a Salvadoran national for illegally entering the United States. During processing, records checks revealed that the man is an alleged member of 18th Street gang.

>> Shortly after, agents working near Artecitas, Texas, encountered a group of six undocumented immigrants. During processing, records checks of one of the detainees revealed a previous arrest and felony conviction in Los Angeles for lewd or lascivious acts with a child under 14.

>> The same afternoon, Falfurrias agents arrested a group of five undocumented immigrants as they allegedly attempted to circumvent the immigration checkpoint. Record checks on the subjects revealed two of the subjects were determined to be 18th Street gang members.

>> The same day, agents working in Los Ebanos apprehended a Salvadoran national who admitted to being a member of the Mara Salvatrucha, MS-13 gang, according to Border Patrol.

>> Agents arrested a Honduran national near Roma who was previously arrested and convicted of a felony in Elizabeth City, N.C., for indecent liberties with a child.

>> That evening, McAllen agents arrested a Salvadoran man near Hidalgo whose record check confirmed an active warrant in Fairfield, California, for domestic violence. Additionally, the man is allegedly an active 18th Street gang member.

>> On Tuesday, Dec. 4, the RGV sector Border Patrol, state troopers and deputies from the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office responded to a home in Mission and conducted a welfare check. Upon approaching the residence, several subjects attempted to flee from the location. Agents, officers and deputies arrested 22 undocumented immigrants who were from Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala and Mexico.

>> On Monday, Dec. 3,  agents working near Roma saw several subjects allegedly illegally cross the border and load into a Chevrolet Suburban parked along the Rio Grande. As mobile units responded, the driver of the Suburban left the area at a high speed. The chase ended when the driver abruptly stopped the vehicle and all the occupants bailed out. An Air and Marine Operations helicopter responded to assist in the search, which resulted in the apprehension of eight undocumented immigrants.

>> On Saturday, Dec. 1, agents working at the Falfurrias checkpoint referred a Chevrolet Silverado, loaded with a washer and dryer, to the secondary inspection area after a Border Patrol K-9 alerted agents to the vehicle. During further inspection, agents discovered two undocumented immigrants hiding inside the washer and one in the dryer. The driver, a U.S. citizen, is in custody.

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U.S. Border Patrol identify gang members through interviews, records checks, identifiable tattoos and various other methods, and do not differentiate between those who claim affiliation and those who do not. Those apprehended because of suspected illegal entry or activity are innocent until proven guilty.