EDINBURGH, Texas (ValleyCentral) — Rio Grande Valley Sector Border Patrol officers said they arrested 21 people in four migrant smuggling events.
The CBP press release indicates that officers from the McAllen Border Patrol Station attempted to intercept a vehicle on a Plymouth Voyager near Havana, Texas on September 12.
Officers said the driver did not yield and a vehicle chase began. The van hit a fence and came to a stop. The occupants, including the driver, got out of the vehicle and fled.
Officers said they arrested three migrants from El Salvador. The driver has not been located.
Later that day, Rio Grande City Border Patrol agents were led in a vehicle chase with a Chevrolet Impala departing from Fronton, Texas.
The vehicle, CPB said, drove through a barbed wire fence before coming to a stop and the occupants parachuted out.
Officers arrested the driver and two other people. The driver, a minor U.S. citizen, and vehicle were turned over to deputies from the Starr County Sheriff’s Office.
On September 13, RGV officers were led in two vehicle chases about an hour apart, with a Chevrolet Suburban and a Nissan Altima near San Manuel.
The drivers of both smuggling events drove through the fences of the ranch property before coming to a stop and the occupants fleeing.
Officers arrested 12 migrants from the first bailout and three migrants from the other. The drivers have not been found.