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4-Year-Old Found With Marijuana, Smuggler Group Near Texas Border

Border Patrol and Texas State Police officers found a four-year-old boy and his mother while interdicting a smuggling operation involving migrants and marijuana. The group of 15 brought 116 pounds of marijuana to the United States

Rio Grande Valley Sector Border Patrol agents and Texas Department of Public Safety soldiers observed a group of about 15 people crossing the border river that separates the United States and Mexico shortly after midnight on April 12, according to information provided by Texas Border Patrol officials. Some members of the group appeared to be carrying large packages of marijuana as they crossed the Rio Grande near Roma, Texas.

Border Patrol agents find 116 pounds of marijuana smuggled by a group of migrants. (US Border Patrol/Rio Grande Valley Area)

As law enforcement approached, many occupants of the vehicle attempted to flee into the brush of this well-known drug and human trafficking area. A search of the area led to the apprehension of 13 migrants who were illegally in the United States.

Officers identified the migrants as citizens of Central American countries, the Dominican Republic and Mexico. The migrants included a four-year-old boy and his Guatemalan mother, officials said. Authorities have not located the driver of the vehicle.

Officers seized the 116 pounds of marijuana and estimated the market value at over $93,000.

The next day, Border Patrol agents teamed up with state and local law enforcement partners to interdict six human smuggling attempts that turned into vehicle chases at various locations in the area of the Rio Grande Valley. The prosecutions led to the arrest of more than 40 migrants.

Officers apprehend 197 migrants during a single crossing near Roma, Texas. (US Border Patrol/Rio Grande Valley Sector)

Officers apprehended 197 migrants during a single crossing near Roma, Texas. (US Border Patrol/Rio Grande Valley Area)

Officers assigned to the Falfurrias immigration checkpoint on US Highway 281 also rescued seven migrants who had been locked up by smugglers in a refrigerated tractor-trailer. The temperature inside the trailer was 51 degrees.

Early Thursday morning, officers at Rio Grande City Station came across two large groups of migrants. The encounters led to the arrest of 355 migrants, officials said. The groups included 181 single adults, 132 family members and 42 unaccompanied foreign children.

Bob Price is associate editor and main contributor for the Breitbart Texas-Border team. He is an original member of the Breitbart Texas team. Price is a regular panelist on Fox 26 Houston’s What are you getting at? Sunday morning talk show. Follow him on Twitter @BobPriceBBTX and Confrontbook.


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