Texas Border Immigrants, Drugs Increase

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Border patrol agents in the Texas Rio Grande Valley sector say that they are not only seeing an increase in undocumented immigrants, but also an increase in narcotic seizures. 

Just last month, more than 11,000 family units and over 2,000 unaccompanied children apprehended. 

Last year nearly 7,300 apprehensions were made and this year that number has tripled to 23,000.

The RGV sector continues being the busiest. Taking down at least one stash house a day. Nearly 50,000 arrests have been made in just 2 months. 

Over the weekend agents disrupted 12 narcotic smuggling attempts. Seizing nearly 2,000 pounds of marijuana worth over $1.5 million.

Agents say smugglers are using different methods to slow agents down.

U.S. Border Patrol Agent Alex Medina says, “These family units that are being brought across in areas for example in the McAllen area of responsibility are coordinated efforts by the transnational criminal organizations they do use that to push these people agents have to respond to them and during the time they are responding or pulling from certain areas they try to cross other people that are trying to evade apprehension or they’ll try to get narcotics across as well.”

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