BLOTTER: US Border Patrol RGV Sector, Dec. 9-16

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>> Thursday, Dec. 13, McAllen agents working near Hidalgo apprehended a Mexican man after he illegally entered the United States. During processing, his record checks revealed a previous arrest and conviction in DeKalb County, Georgia, for sexual exploitation of children.

>>The same day, agents in Mission apprehended a Salvadoran man who was arrested by the Fredericksburg  Police Department for Sexual Battery. He was sentenced to 12 months confinement.

>> Rio Grande City agents working near Roma saw a sports utility vehicle leaving a known smuggling location at a high speed. As agents attempted to conduct a vehicle stop, the driver stopped and bailed out in an attempt to escape. Agents located the man after a brief search of the area with the assistance of a Border Patrol K-9 team. A search of the vehicle revealed nearly 137 pounds of marijuana, worth an estimated $110K.

>> Agents assigned to the Rio Grande Valley Special Operations Detachment, along with the Hidalgo County Constables Office, identified a stash house operating out of a residence in San Juan. Inside the house, agents and officers discovered nine illegal aliens from Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador. During processing, record checks for a Guatemalan male revealed a previous arrest and conviction in Kansas City, Missouri, for statutory rape.

>> Wednesday, Dec. 12, agents working at the Sarita Checkpoint referred a tractor-trailer to the secondary inspection area after a Border Patrol K-9 alerted to the trailer.  At secondary, the inspection revealed over 173 pounds of marijuana commingled with produce. The narcotics has an estimated value of $139,000.

>>That morning, Border Patrol agents responded to the report of suspicious activity near Rio Grande City. Upon arrival, agents saw people running toward the Rio Grande. Agents pursued them and witnessed them jump into the river and return to Mexico. An immediate search of the area resulted in the seizure of eight bundles of marijuana weighing over 700 pounds, valued at an estimated $563,000.

>> The same day, McAllen agents responded to a report of undocumented immigrants being smuggled across the Rio Grande near Abram. Upon arrival, agents requested additional support for a group totaling of 113 people, mainly comprised of family units and unaccompanied children from Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador and Kosovo.

>> On Tuesday, Dec. 11, Rio Grande City agents responded to illicit activity near La Rosita. Agents saw several people drop bundles on the ground and return to the riverbank, then they jumped into the Rio Grande and swam to Mexico. An inspection of the bundles revealed over 350 pounds of marijuana, worth an estimated $284,000.

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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.