EAGLE PASS, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Eagle Pass South Station’s Highway 57 checkpoint arrested a Katy resident, for suspected smuggling, which led to the discovery of a local stash house, Oct. 17.
“Human smuggling is highly profitable for criminal organizations,” said Del Rio Sector Chief Patrol Agent Raul L. Ortiz. “Agents, along with our law enforcement partners, work hard to combat this type of illegal activity and safeguard the lives of those who may suffer at the hands of smugglers.”
Eagle Pass South agents performed a routine immigration inspection on the occupants of a 2005 Chevrolet Colorado, resulting in the arrest of the driver, a 43-year-old male, and three illegal aliens.
The arrest brought about the discovery of a possible alien stash house in Eagle Pass. Border Patrol agents along with Homeland Security Investigations special agents, investigated a local residence, where 12 individuals were arrested, along with the seizure of 250 grams of methamphetamine, and a sawed-off shotgun. Three suspected smugglers, all Eagle Pass residents, were among those arrested at the stash house.
The case has been turned over to HSI for federal prosecution.