Three immigrant stash houses found in upper RGV

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POSTED: Monday, April 28, 2014 - 5:37pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, April 29, 2014 - 9:44am

Nearly 150 people are in custody of Border Patrol after three separate raids on immigrant stash houses this afternoon.

The first one occurred at approximately 11 a.m. in Edinburg in a gated residential area.  Edinburg police and Border Patrol agents responded to the 2800 block of Phoenix Street where 15 undocumented people were found in a duplex.

Officials believe two of those people are possibly smugglers.  The immigrants found at this location vary in origin from Mexico, Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala.

Shortly after the bust in Edinburg, officials responded to a larger immigrant stash house in Pharr.

The second raid of the day happened at about noon on the 1100 block of Lucas Avenue, near Kumquat.

Border Patrol officials discovered 67 undocumented immigrants at a residence at the above location.  At this time, officials do not suspect any of those individuals are smugglers.

These immigrants are also from Mexico, Central America, and one from Peru.

Pharr police confirm that one male subject is in custody after he attempted to flee the scene.  The man allegedly bit a Border Patrol agent.  He is being charged with assault on a public servant, resisting and evading arrest, and failure to identify himself.  The case is still under investigation.

Less than an hour after the raid in Pharr, a third stash house was found north of Alamo at a residence near the intersection of East Rogers Road and Citation Street.  That's where Border Patrol agents discovered about 65 undocumented individuals, all from Mexico and Central America.

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