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Current Number of Stash House Disruptions To Surpass Last Fiscal Year

EDINBURG, Texas - The latest numbers by the U.S. Border Patrol indicate that in Fiscal Year 2018 the RGV Sector is projected to surpass the number of stash houses identified and disrupted in 2017.

Robert Rodriguez, Supervisory Border Patrol Agent said, "This fiscal year which is October 1, 2017, up to April 30, 2018, the Rio Grande Valley sector has identified and disrupted 92 stash houses and arrested 1,030 illegal aliens from those stash houses."

For the previous fiscal year that ran from October 2016 through September 2017, Border Patrol disrupted 106 stash houses and apprehended around 1,100 undocumented immigrants. With eight months into the 2018 fiscal year Border Patrol is close to reaching those numbers already.

There has been one critical factor contributing to rise in identified stash houses.

Rodriguez says, "The critical piece in this is the collaborative efforts between local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies. We've been leveraging each other’s resources and sharing intelligence, so that all combined has led to the discovery of more stash houses."

The community has also done their part to assist Border Patrol and help save immigrant lives.

"We also rely on the community to provide any actionably intelligence that we can act on to disrupt these stash houses before the illegal aliens are placed in a more dangerous predicament." Said Rodriguez.

One thing Border Patrol officials say to keep in mind is that these stash houses can be anywhere from rural areas to suburbs. Officials encourage anyone who sees suspicious activity to call 9-1-1.

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