The bust of a human smuggling stash house in Laredo, Texas resulted in the arrest of 47 illegal aliens and a man suspected of harboring and transporting them on Tuesday.
Deputies of the Webb County Sheriff’s Office and Homeland Security Investigations executed a search warrant on a residence in the border city, after county and federal officials performing surveillance on the home noticed an unusual amount of individuals entering and exiting the premises. WCSO deputies arrested 47 unlawful aliens, and a man named Jose Arcos-Alejo was identified as a suspect in operating the smuggling stash house.
According to an affadavit, Arcos-Alejo allegedly admitted to law enforcement that he was tasked with operating the smuggling house by members of criminal smuggling groups. He allegedly claimed his own immigration smuggling fee was reduced by $5,000 in return for his operation of the stash house.
Arcos-Alejo has been criminally charged with attempting to hide and harbor illegal aliens, a federal offense. 38 men, eight women, and one minor were arrested in the bust.
WCSO confirmed to Big League Politics that the 47 aliens found at the stash house have been transferred to the custody of Customs and Border Patrol.
Illegal immigration ground to a halt at the very apogee of the coronavirus epidemic, but drug and human smuggling organizations appear to have renewed their efforts in hopes of recouping some of their lost profits incurred as a result of the pandemic. The “most sophisticated” smuggling tunnel ever detected underneath the US-Mexico border was busted in San Luis, Arizona earlier this month.
Arizona Border Patrol Officer Stabbed Multiple Times, Shoots and Kills Criminal Alien
A Border Patrol officer patrolling the US-Mexico border shot and killed a man who stabbed him multiple times in Southern Arizona on Monday night.
CBP officials reported that the unnamed agent was patrolling near the transnational city of Nogales, Arizona, when he encountered a group of individuals he suspected to be aliens entering the country illegally. One man accompanying them group attacked the agent when he sought to apprehend the aliens, stabbing him multiple times.
The CBP agent went on to fatally shoot the alien, who may have been a smuggler moving a group of illegal migrants across the border. Deputies of the Santa Cruz Sheriff’s Office were called to provide backup, and the Border Patrol agent that was stabbed had to be airlifted to a Tucson hospital early on Tuesday morning. Fortunately, he was released from the hospital later the same day.
Cartel-affiliated criminal smugglers have increasingly sought to infiltrate the United States in Arizona, hoping to avoid a buffed border patrol presence in Texas and new wall construction in the most trafficked areas of the border.
Preliminary reports indicate that the Border Patrol agent may have been alone when he encountered the smuggler’s group of criminal aliens, a hazard that has resulted in violent attacks on Border Patrol agents by cartel-affiliated criminals before.
The FBI is reportedly investigating the incident. It’s unclear if the group of aliens encountered by the agent have been expelled under special coronavirus immigration regulations, transferred into the custody of immigration detention, or simply allowed to proceed into the country.
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