U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in the Rio Grande Valley discovered two “stash houses” where victims of human smuggling were being held, according to a Wednesday press release.
“On Monday, Rio Grande Valley Sector agents received information regarding a residence in Brownsville, Texas, suspected of operating as an illegal alien stash house,” the press release said. “Upon arrival, agents discovered seven illegal aliens inside. Agents determined the subjects are foreign nationals from the countries of Mexico, Guatemala and Honduras.”
Brownsville is located on the southernmost tip of Texas, where the Lone Star State meets Mexico.
Some 100 miles northwest, in Roma, TX, Rio Grande Valley Sector agents said they found another “stash house” the next day. Roma is also located on the border with Mexico.
“The following day, the Roma Police Department contacted the Rio Grande City Border Patrol station and requested assistance in performing a welfare check at a home in Roma, Texas, suspected of operating as a stash house,” according to the press release. “Once on scene, officers and agents entered the residence and discovered three illegal aliens inside. The subjects admitted to being from the countries of Honduras, Mexico and Nicaragua.”
CBP said that since last October, it has discovered almost 30 such “stash houses” where more than 350 illegal aliens were temporarily residing.
CBP referred The Rundown News to Rio Grande Valley Chief Patrol Agent Austin Skero’s Twitter page for comment.
There, Skero posted a statement about the busts and a photo of three illegal aliens who were taken into custody.