EAGLE PASS, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Eagle Pass Station arrested two human smugglers and six illegal aliens at a local hotel.
“While family units continue to cross the border and give themselves up to Border Patrol agents, there are those who attempt to cross the border illegally and evade arrest for nefarious reasons,” said Del Rio Sector Acting Chief Patrol Agent Randy Davis. “Even with Del Rio Sector’s resources being diverted to the humanitarian crisis, we will not lose focus on Border Security.”
On May 21, agents arrested a smuggler and six illegal aliens at a hotel in Eagle Pass after conducting surveillance operations. The six illegal aliens were comprised of five single adult males and one 17-year-old male from Honduras. All will be processed per U.S. Customs and Border Protection guidelines.
The human smuggler faces federal prosecution for 8 USC § 1324 – alien smuggling, which carries a maximum sentence of up to 10 years in prison.
All individuals apprehended by the U.S. Border Patrol undergo criminal history checks utilizing multiple databases including the use of biometrics to ensure those with criminal history are positively identified regardless of their immigration status.
The Del Rio Border Patrol Sector is part of the Joint Task Force-West South Texas Corridor, which leverages federal, state and local resources to combat transnational criminal organizations. To report suspicious activity call the Del Rio Sector’s toll free number at 1-866-511-8727.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation’s borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.