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  • Feds Bust Stash House in Donna Play Video

    April 24, 2014 4:09 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - Federal agents detained 32 illegal immigrants at a stash house in Donna. The agents raided the mobile home on FM 493 just after 2 p.m. Thursday. The illegal immigrants told agents they were from El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala and Mexico. more »
  • More Border Patrol Agents Added to the Rio Grande Valley Sector Play Video

    April 23, 2014 4:48 PM

    RIO GRANDE VALLEY - With more illegal immigrants apprehended, the Valley needs all the help it can get. More than two dozen Border Patrol agents were just added to the Valley's roster. The Rio Grande Valley Sector Chief Kevin Oaks administered the oath of office, Monday. The... more »
  • Agents Discover Meth Inside Fire Extinguishers Play Video

    April 23, 2014 4:20 PM

    FALFURRIAS - Border Patrol agents confiscated millions of dollars worth of methamphetamine at the Falfurrias checkpoint. A drug-sniffing dog alerted agents to four fire extinguishers inside a toolbox on a truck. The agents found nearly 86 pounds of the drug stuffed into the extinguishers. The meth has an... more »
  • Smugglers Turn to Huts to Hide Illegal Immigrants Play Video

    April 21, 2014 7:37 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - Border Patrol officials say more immigrants are being held in huts in brushy fields, palm groves and orchards in the Rio Grande Valley. Jim Pittman was surprised when agents found several huts Thursday near his home in north McAllen. Border Patrol agents found illegal immigrants at... more »
  • 2 Suspects in Lopezville Stash House Charged Play Video

    April 18, 2014 5:34 PM

    SAN JUAN - Two people are now facing federal charges after a stash house bust. Authorities found the home in Lopezville on Wednesday. San Juan police and Border Patrol agents responded to the 700 block of Church Street, after an illegal alien escaped from the house to get help.... more »
  • 3 in Hospital after Starr County Chase Play Video

    April 18, 2014 8:36 AM

    STARR COUNTY - Three people are recovering after a rollover accident in Starr County. According to the Starr County Sheriff's Office, Border Patrol agents spotted six illegal immigrants getting into a 2008 red Ford Escape. They tried to stop the vehicle, but the driver refused to stop and a... more »
  • About 80 Illegal Immigrants Found in McAllen Brush Play Video

    April 17, 2014 2:45 PM

    MCALLEN - Authorities found about 80 illegal immigrants in McAllen in the area of 10th Street and Sprague. They're still searching for about 20 to 60 more. Border Patrol spokesperson Danny Tirado said around 1 p.m., McAllen police officers spotted several people walking in that area. The group told... more »
  • Authorities Raid Stash House in Alton Play Video

    April 15, 2014 7:50 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - Federal and local authorities raided a stash house in Alton and arrested 30 illegal immigrants. The house, in the 3200 block of Costa Azul Lane, was raided at 1 p.m. Tuesday. A tip led authorities to the house. Alton police, Hidalgo County sheriff's deputies and... more »
  • New Border Patrol Sector Chief Outlines Plans for the Region Play Video

    April 11, 2014 7:44 PM

    EDINBURG - The new chief of the Border Patrol's Rio Grande Valley Sector says he will try to increase enforcement in the region. Chief Kevin Oaks said each Valley county poses different challenges. The western side of the Valley has more illegal crossings than places like Cameron County.... more »
  • Illegal Immigrant Accused of Attacking Agent Play Video

    April 9, 2014 10:18 PM

    McALLEN - Border Patrol officials say an illegal immigrant from Guatemala attacked one of their agents Sunday near Abrahm. The suspect, Cresencio Perez, allegedly shoved the agent into a tree branch. Perez will go before a judge on Thursday for a detention hearing. Two Border Patrol agents were... more »
  • Border Patrol Joins Forces with Hidalgo Police to Curb Smuggling Play Video

    April 9, 2014 7:16 PM

    HIDALGO - Hidalgo police and Border Patrol joined forces to drive smugglers away from the city. Crews installed grates over storm pipes, including one tunnel that leads to the Rio Grande. Officials said smugglers used the tunnel to bring drugs into the United States. Hidalgo police on... more »
  • Oaks Begins as New RGV Sector Border Patrol Chief

    April 8, 2014 3:49 PM

    EDINBURG - The Border Patrol's Rio Grande Valley sector has a new chief patrol agent. Kevin W. Oaks officially took the position Sunday. He'll manage more than 3,000 Border Patrol agents and oversee nine Border Patrol stations, three traffic checkpoints and an intelligence office. Oaks replaced Rosendo Hinojosa, who... more »
  • Immigrant Camp Unsettles Neighborhood Play Video

    April 2, 2014 8:30 PM

    ALTON - A makeshift illegal-immigrant camp has families near Alton on edge. The camp was in the middle of a palm grove. Authorities arrested 71 illegal immigrants at the site earlier this week. People who live in this area said they saw Border Patrol go into the grove.... more »
  • Feds Nab 71 Illegal Immigrants in Palmhurst Play Video

    April 1, 2014 10:52 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - Border Patrol agents are interviewing 71 illegal immigrants found in Palmhurst. Authorities said someone tipped them off to a suspicious vehicle near Glasscock and Mile 4 roads. They found the vehicle abandoned near an orchard. The immigrants were hiding nearby behind some palms. Federal agents now... more »
  • Agents Seize Millions Worth of Marijuana

    March 31, 2014 11:02 PM

    EDINBURG - Border Patrol agents from the Rio Grande Valley sector confiscated more than $14.4 million worth of marijuana in multiple seizures last week. The largest seizure happened Tuesday morning at the Falfurrias checkpoint. The drugs were found after a dog alerted to a tractor-trailer during an immigration inspection.... more »
  • Illegal Immigration Taxing Deputy Constables Play Video

    March 27, 2014 7:31 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - A spike in the number of illegal immigrants crossing the border at Anzalduas Park is putting a strain on Hidalgo County Precinct 3 deputy constables. Arresting illegal immigrants is not part of their assigned duties, but they're doing it to keep the park safe, officials said.... more »
  • Border Patrol Union Issues Statement About Immigrant Releases Play Video

    March 26, 2014 6:09 PM

    WESLACO - Some Border Patrol agents say they are frustrated with the situation along the border. The comments come one day after CHANNEL 5 NEWS exposed the release of some illegal immigrants. CHANNEL 5 NEWS discovered more than a dozen mothers and children at the Harlingen bus station.... more »
  • Immigration Attorney: Ignoring Court Dates Ruins Chance for Legal Residence Play Video

    March 25, 2014 10:37 PM

    WESLACO - An immigration attorney says illegal immigrants who ignore their release rules and don't show up to their deportation hearings ruin their chances of ever living here legally. The comments come in the wake of a CHANNEL 5 NEWS investigation into the release of illegal immigrants by federal... more »
  • Illegal Immigrants Allowed to Go Free Play Video

    March 25, 2014 7:44 PM

    HARLINGEN - Federal officials are releasing women and children who enter the country illegally, a CHANNEL 5 NEWS investigation revealed. CHANNEL 5 NEWS reported in 2013 that the feds were releasing anyone deemed a low threat to national security. Border Patrol officials on Friday confirmed a spike in... more »
  • Group Surrenders to BP Immediately After Crossing River Play Video

    March 25, 2014 7:27 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - A group of illegal immigrants on Tuesday surrendered to Border Patrol agents immediately after crossing into the United States. Border Patrol agents detained the group at Anzalduas Park, south of Mission. The group was made up of women and children, officials said. Several Border... more »
  • Border Patrol to Send More Agents to the Valley

    March 21, 2014 4:48 PM

    WESLACO - Border Patrol officials say more agents will be deployed to the Rio Grande Valley region after a surge in apprehensions. The agents will be in the Valley on a temporary basis, officials said. Border Patrol officials said the RGV sector continues to lead the southwest border... more »
  • 8 Injured after Chase in Penitas Play Video

    March 17, 2014 8:33 PM

    PENITAS - Eight illegal immigrants were hospitalized after a van rolled over in Penitas. Penitas Police Chief Roel Bermea said Border Patrol agents informed his department of a van traveling at a high speeds. He said the van's driver refused to stop as he entered the town. The... more »
  • Agent's Family Expresses Remorse Play Video

    March 17, 2014 8:03 PM

    EDINBURG - The family of the Border Patrol agent at the center of an abuse investigation shared their story with CHANNEL 5 NEWS. The family asked to share their remorse, grief and shock. Border Patrol Agent Eduardo Manzanares allegedly abducted and assaulted a woman and two teenage girls.... more »
  • Border Patrol Offers Programs to Help Agents Cope with Crises Play Video

    March 17, 2014 7:57 PM

    EDINBURG - Border Patrol officials said the agency has several programs to help agents cope with the stress of the job. Some agents volunteer to help those going through difficult times. Chaplains and peer support are part of the programs the agency offers. Chris Ott is a Border... more »
  • Car Slams into Border Patrol SUV Play Video

    March 17, 2014 5:30 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - Three people, including a Border Patrol agent, were hospitalized after an accident Monday south of Donna. The accident happened at approximately 9 a.m. at FM 493 and Military Highway. Police said the agent was traveling east on Military Highway when another vehicle traveling south of FM... more »
  • Officials Release Details About Immigrants' Alleged Assault Play Video

    March 17, 2014 5:29 PM

    McALLEN - A teenage girl was bound and naked when authorities found her inside a dead Border Patrol agent's apartment, officials said. Officials said the agent, Esteban Manzanares, 32, allegedly kidnapped and assaulted three females from Honduras. FBI officials said investigators found duct tape and traces of blood in... more »
  • 2 Women Recovering in Hospital After Border Patrol Chase Play Video

    March 16, 2014 9:24 PM

    LA JOYA - Two women are recovering from a police chase Sunday morning. They were in a van suspected of containing illegal immigrants. Border Patrol agents searched the brush for more people. It happened at FM 2221 in La Joya around 9 a.m. Sunday morning. Witnesses say Penitas... more »
  • FBI Opens Investigation After Border Patrol Agent Fires on Suspect Play Video

    March 14, 2014 8:19 PM

    STARR COUNTY - The FBI launched an investigation after a Border Patrol agent opened fire on an alleged drug runner. The incident happened at approximately 11 a.m. Friday near FM 1430 in the community of La Casita. The suspect rammed his vehicle into a Border Patrol unit repeatedly... more »
  • Expert: Long Recovery Ahead for Victims of Alleged Abuse Play Video

    March 14, 2014 8:17 PM

    McALLEN - Assaults on illegal immigrants are a common occurrence, a counselor with Mujeres Unidas said. The abuse can be physical, mental and sexual, Rosalinda Rodriguez said. The comments come after three Honduran females were allegedly attacked by a Border Patrol agent. The alleged attack happened near... more »
  • CBP Commissioner Releases Statement on Alleged Attack Play Video

    March 14, 2014 5:29 PM

    McALLEN - The head of Customs and Border Protection on Friday released a statement concerning the alleged attack of three Honduran women at the hands of a Border Patrol agent. CBP Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske said the incident is "serious and disturbing." "Early yesterday morning I was notified... more »
  • Women Recovering After Alleged Assault Play Video

    March 14, 2014 4:21 PM

    McALLEN - Two of the three women allegedly assaulted Wednesday by a Border Patrol agent are related, the Honduran embassy confirmed on Friday. A spokesman for the Central American nation said the two females are mother and daughter. The third alleged victim is a minor not related to the... more »
  • Suspect Smashed into Border Patrol Unit

    March 14, 2014 1:04 PM

    STARR COUNTY - A suspect rammed his vehicle into a Border Patrol unit. According to Border Patrol spokesperson Danny Tirado, the agent was chasing a suspected drug smuggler this morning. We're told the suspect turned into a dirt road and then smashed into the Border Patrol unit repeatedly. The... more »
  • Border Patrol Agent Was On Duty at Time of Alleged Assaults Play Video

    March 14, 2014 12:19 PM

    MCALLEN - The three women allegedly assaulted by a Border Patrol agent continue to recover at the McAllen Medical Center. The suspect, Esteban Manzanares, is dead. CHANNEL 5 NEWS learned Manzanares was on duty when he encountered the women Wednesday. The investigation began when CBP agents found an injured... more »
  • Border Patrol Union Reacts to Claims Against Agent Play Video

    March 13, 2014 8:46 PM

    WESLACO - The vice-president of the National Border Patrol Council Local 3307 said the agents are trying to understand why one of their own would assault three immigrants and then take his life. Agent Chris Cabrera said there is no way to understand what motivated the incident. "I'm... more »
  • Immigrant Fires at Agent in Brooks County Play Video

    March 13, 2014 8:31 PM

    FALFURRIAS - An illegal immigrant grabbed a Border Patrol agent's gun and fired two rounds at the lawman Wednesday night in Brooks County. The immigrant missed and the agent was able to regain control of the weapon and subdued the man, officials said. The incident happened after the... more »
  • Agent's Suicide after Alleged Assaults Shocks Neighbors Play Video

    March 13, 2014 7:58 PM

    MISSION - Residents of an apartment complex expressed disbelief after learning that one of their neighbors committed suicide after allegedly assaulting three women. "We knew that he was a Border Patrol agent," Chelsea Blair said. "We always said we (are) safe living here. We have two (agents) upstairs... more »
  • Honduran Embassy Launches Investigation into Border Patrol Assault Case

    March 13, 2014 7:53 PM

    McALLEN - The Honduras embassy in Washington D.C. on Thursday confirmed that three women from their country were raped by a Border Patrol agent in Deep South Texas. Consular officials said the victims are a mother and her two teenage daughters. Embassy officials said the Honduras government launched an... more »
  • Officials Identify Agent in Assault Case Play Video

    March 13, 2014 7:48 PM

    McALLEN - Border Patrol agent Esteban Manzanares is accused of assaulting three Honduran females before taking his life. The victims are a woman and her two teenage daughters, officials said. They are being treated at McAllen Medical Center. According to CBP officials, the investigation started Wednesday when agents... more »
  • FBI Surrounds Agent's Apartment in Mission Play Video

    March 13, 2014 5:30 PM

    MISSION - FBI agents surrounded an apartment complex at near Shary Road and Military Highway Wednesday after a Border Patrol agent allegedly assaulted three women. The Border Patrol agent lived at the complex. According to CBP officials, the investigation started Wednesday when agents found an injured woman. That... more »
  • Sheriff's Deputies Help Track Assault Victims Play Video

    March 13, 2014 5:27 PM

    EDINBURG - Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Trevino said his deputies were called to help in an investigation after a Border Patrol agent allegedly assaulted three illegal immigrants. "We got a call from the Border Patrol that they had stumbled across a female that had been severely injured," Trevino said.... more »
  • Feds Reach out to Assault Victims Play Video

    March 13, 2014 5:23 PM

    McALLEN - Federal authorities and the Honduran consulate in McAllen are helping three women from Honduras after their assault at the hands of a Border Patrol agent, officials said. The victims are being treated at McAllen Medical Center. Officials said two victims are teenagers. According to CBP officials,... more »
  • Agents Raid Stash House in McAllen Play Video

    March 13, 2014 4:24 PM

    McALLEN - Border Patrol agents detained more than 50 illegal immigrants at a stash house Thursday in McAllen. The agents raided the house at the corner of Whitewing and 12th streets. Police shut down the intersection as agents ushered the immigrants onto a bus. The woman who owns... more »
  • Officials: Agent Assaulted Three Women before Committing Suicide Play Video

    March 13, 2014 4:18 PM

    McALLEN - A Border Patrol agent assaulted a woman from Honduras and her two daughters before committing suicide, officials said. Officials said the two daughters are teenagers. According to CBP officials, the investigation started yesterday when agents found an injured woman. That woman told authorities a man assaulted... more »
  • Authorities Investigating after Border Patrol Agent Fired Handgun Play Video

    March 12, 2014 11:27 AM

    NEAR FALFURRIAS - Border Patrol officials confirmed an agent fired a handgun this morning in Encino. That's south of the Falfurrias checkpoint. We're told it happened around 9:30 a.m. in the area of Lucero Street and Highway 281. Border Patrol officials said the agent fired his handgun after being... more »
  • Border Patrol Agents Arrest 27 Sex Offenders, 15 Gang Members Play Video

    March 5, 2014 11:33 AM

    EDINBURG - Border Patrol agents in the Rio Grande Valley tracked down 27 sex offenders and 15 people who are part of notorious street gangs. The arrests happened throughout February. The majority of the gang members arrested were members of MS-13, a violent international gang. Border Patrol officials... more »
  • Border Patrol Rounds up Sexual Offenders Play Video

    March 3, 2014 5:20 PM

    WESLACO - Agents with the Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol sector rounded up 27 convicted sex offenders in February. All of the offenders were in the country illegally, officials said. The majority have convictions for sexual assaults involving children. Fifteen members of a street gang also were taken... more »
  • Feds Seek Help from Real Estate Brokers to Spot Stash Houses Play Video

    March 3, 2014 4:05 PM

    WESLACO - Federal agents have arrested nearly 1,200 illegal immigrants at Rio Grande Valley stash houses since October, officials said. The most recent raid happened last week. Border Patrol agents now are asking real estate brokers to be on the lookout. Agents met with the brokers to explain... more »
  • Federal Agent Fires on Car in McAllen Play Video

    February 27, 2014 7:08 PM

    McALLEN - Employees at a busy McAllen business complex are on edge after gunfire erupted in the parking lot. The incident happened at approximately 3:30 Wednesday at the intersection of Jackson Avenue and 10th Street. Border Patrol officials said agents ran into trouble with suspects at the business complex's... more »
  • Border Patrol Reports Increase in Number of OTM arrests

    February 24, 2014 6:56 PM

    WESLACO - Border Patrol officials say there has been an increase in the number of illegal immigrants crossing through the Rio Grande Valley. Officials reported a 58 percent increase in apprehensions compared to the same time last fiscal year in the Rio Grande Valley sector. The sector encompasses 34,000... more »
  • McAllen Mayor Praises Mayorka's Visit Play Video

    February 19, 2014 8:11 PM

    McALLEN - McAllen Mayor Jim Darling said Wednesday's visit by Department Homeland Security Deputy Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas was an unprecedented event. Mayorkas visited the Anzalduas bridge to review border security operations. Mayorkas took office in December. Mayorkas address deadly-force use by Border Patrol agents. The comments come a... more »
  • Wildlife Project to Help Border Patrol Agents Play Video

    February 19, 2014 7:55 PM

    MISSION - A project to help wildlife south of Mission may also aid federal agents in securing the region. Border Patrol and National Butterfly Center workers are clearing brush from a plot along the Rio Grande. The area is a popular site for nature lovers and human smugglers. ... more »
  • Feds Raid Stash House North of Palmview Play Video

    February 18, 2014 8:42 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - More than a dozen illegal immigrants from Mexico and Central America were arrested Tuesday at a stash house north of Palmview. Federal agents raided the house in the 8200 block of Grapefruit Lane, near Mile 7 and Abrahms roads. Hidalgo County constables helped in the... more »
  • Pot Seized in Starr County Play Video

    February 12, 2014 10:29 PM

    RIO GRANDE CITY - Authorities on Wednesday seized nearly 3,000 pounds of marijuana during two separate incidents in Starr County. Members of Starr County's High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force and Border Patrol agents teamed up to confiscate the drugs. Authorities found 1,499 pounds of marijuana in... more »
  • 2 Hospitalized After Crash Involving Border Patrol SUV Play Video

    February 10, 2014 10:48 PM

    EDINBURG - Two people were hospitalized after a crash involving a Border Patrol SUV. Border Patrol officials said the agent was transporting a detainee to the hospital when the crash happened. The incident happened at approximately 8 p.m. at the intersection of Trenton and Closner roads in Edinburg.... more »
  • Border Patrol Reports Increase in Number of Immigrants Detained Play Video

    February 6, 2014 7:32 PM

    WESLACO - Border Patrol officials said agents are arresting more illegal immigrants than before. The agency recently released a video showing dozens of illegal immigrants entering the country illegally. "It's hard to pinpoint, to identify, the reason or the cause of the increase in apprehensions," Border Patrol Spokesman... more »
  • Border Patrol agents Rescue Four Immigrants Near Falfurrias

    February 6, 2014 10:59 AM

    FALFURRIAS - Border Patrol agents have rescued four immigrants from the South Texas brush while the body of another person were discovered. Officials announced two rescues in areas near the Falfurrias checkpoint. They say two men from Honduras who were in the U.S. illegally were abandoned by a human smuggler.... more »
  • K-9 Alerts Agents to $2.5 Million Worth of Marijuana Play Video

    February 4, 2014 12:56 PM

    FALFURRIAS - The driver of a tractor-trailer is in custody, after Border Patrol agents found thousands of pounds of marijuana in the vehicle. The drugs were found at the Falfurrias checkpoint yesterday. A Border Patrol spokesman said a K-9 alerted agents to the semi. Agents searched it and seized... more »
  • Stash House Raided in San Carlos Play Video

    January 27, 2014 5:17 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - Four people are behind bars for their alleged role in a stash house operation in San Carlos. Authorities said the men used a small house on Eva Street to hide illegal immigrants. Hidalgo County Precinct 1 deputy constables helped Border Patrol agents round up as many... more »
  • Pursuit Ends in Crash Play Video

    January 17, 2014 4:21 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - A pursuit-turned-accident brought traffic to a crawl on Highway 83 Friday near Penitas. Border Patrol agents arrested the driver and eight illegal immigrants after the incident. The chase started in Rio Grande City after agents got a call about suspicious activity. The driver of... more »
  • Agents Recovering Following Helicopter's Emergency Landing Play Video

    January 10, 2014 5:09 PM

    BROOKS COUNTY-- Federal agents say a Customs and Border Protection helicopter that went down this morning is a Eurocopter AS350. According to the Federal Aviation Administration, an engine fire was reported on board. It is unknown if that fire was the cause of the crash. The FAA is... more »
  • Border Patrol Agent Charged with Murder Play Video

    January 6, 2014 10:37 PM

    CORPUS CHRISTI - A Border Patrol agent has been charged with the murder of a man he thought was having an affair with his wife. Investigators said Adam Scott Garibay, 33, drove 160 miles to kill Keith Martin. Garibay lives in Corpus Christi and was assigned to the Border... more »
  • Border Patrol Agent Accused of Killing Romantic Rival Play Video

    January 3, 2014 12:50 PM

    CORPUS CHRISTI - A Border Patrol agent is accused of killing a man who was having an affair with his wife. Investigators said the suspect tied up his wife in their Corpus Christi home yesterday and forced her to reveal the name and address of the man she was... more »
  • Border Patrol Officials Tout Aerostat Success Play Video

    January 2, 2014 10:35 PM

    WESLACO - Border Patrol officials say the newly deployed aerostats are helping in the fight against drug smugglers. The agency began testing and deploying the aerostats in the Rio Grande Valley in August, 2012. The helium-filled balloons are equipped with infrared cameras. They were originally used in Iraq... more »
  • DHS Asks Residents to Report Cases of Human Smuggling Play Video

    December 23, 2013 7:57 PM

    WESLACO - Department Homeland Security officials said human smugglers are taking advantage of the holidays. They said the smugglers are even adorning stash houses with Christmas decorations to avoid detection. Deiyer Mendoza said he didn't realize he lived next to a stash house. "It doesn't look suspicious... more »
  • Officials Warn About Dangers of Hiding in Sugarcane Fields Play Video

    December 20, 2013 7:26 PM

    WESLACO - Sugarcane fields may become a fiery death trap for illegal immigrants, officials said. Farmers said they remain on high alert when it's time to set the fields on fire. "In the journey from the Rio Grande to the houses, they seek to hide in brushy areas... more »
  • Landowner Optimistic About Aerostat Play Video

    December 19, 2013 8:12 PM

    PENITAS - An aerostat in Penitas will be anchored to private property, officials said. The balloons cannot be tied to federal wildlife preserves because they don't meet environmental regulations. One landowner offered his property free of charge. "They were looking for a location to put up the... more »
  • Border Patrol Deploys Aerostat in Penitas Play Video

    December 19, 2013 8:11 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - Border Patrol officials will again test aerostats in the Rio Grande Valley. The agency already tested the tethered balloons for 28 days. They said this test will be longer and will help determine if the equipment is cost-effective. Hidalgo County law enforcers said they are... more »
  • Border Patrol Asks for Help to Curb Illegal Immigration Play Video

    December 18, 2013 7:25 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - The gates to a stash house were left open after more than 80 illegal immigrants were pulled out of there about 24 hours ago. CHANNEL 5 NEWS walked the property. The smell of body odor billowed out of the windows. Through the screen, a reporter was... more »
  • Agents Search for Illegal Immigrants near Alton Play Video

    December 17, 2013 4:23 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - Border Patrol agents are searching for a large group of suspected illegal immigrants near Alton. Officials said a citizen called 911 to report the group. The people scattered when agents approached the area near Mile 4 and Steward roads. more »
  • Border Patrol Asks Residents to Report Suspicious Activity Play Video

    December 6, 2013 8:28 PM

    WESLACO - Border Patrol agents said they want more people to come forward and report suspicious activity. Border Patrol Spokesman Danny Tirado said a call from residents near FM 107 and 83rd Street north of Edinburg led to a human stash house. Agents found 30 illegal immigrants from Mexico... more »
  • Smugglers use Horse Stables to Hold Illegal Immigrants Play Video

    December 3, 2013 7:55 PM

    WESLACO - A court case highlights the precarious conditions illegal immigrants must endure as they wait to be smuggled north of the Rio Grande Valley. Court records show Border Patrol agents found more than 22 illegal immigrants at open horse stables in a farm in Alton two weeks ago.... more »
  • Property Owner Demolishes Problem House Play Video

    November 7, 2013 9:19 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - Officials and residents of a Brownsville neighborhood said they are happy a property owner took the initiative to demolish a problem structure. Area residents said the house was a magnet for illegal activity. Border Patrol officials said illegal immigrants used the house to hide from authorities. ... more »
  • Border Patrol Agent in Laredo Released from Hospital Play Video

    October 24, 2013 1:01 PM

    LAREDO - A Border Patrol agent injured after a struggle with illegal immigrants is out of the hospital. A Border Patrol spokesperson said Wednesday morning, agents working the west Laredo area ran into a group who had crossed into the U.S. A struggle broke out as agents tried... more »
  • Border Patrol Shooting Under Investigation

    October 23, 2013 8:05 PM

    LAREDO - The FBI and Laredo police are investigating a shooting involving Border Patrol agents. The shooting happened early Wednesday in Laredo's west side. A Border Patrol spokesman said the agents working the area encountered a group of illegal immigrants. The agents tried to arrest the group but a... more »
  • Almost 2 Tons of Marijuana Found in Frozen Mango Pulp Play Video

    October 23, 2013 1:02 PM

    FALFURRIAS - Border Patrol seized almost two tons of marijuana, which was hidden in frozen mango pulp. Agents found the drugs in a tractor-trailer at a checkpoint in Falfurrias. A drug dog alerted them to the marijuana. Agents had to wait for the pulp to thaw, before they... more »
  • Feds Bust Stash House in Mission Play Video

    October 21, 2013 7:08 PM

    MISSION - Federal agents arrested 35 illegal immigrants Monday at a stash house in Mission. The bust happened in the 300 block of West 14th Street. The agents also arrested one person they said is the suspected smuggler. The immigrants are from Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Peru and... more »
  • Border Patrol Agents Want Longer Shifts Play Video

    October 9, 2013 6:44 PM

    MISSION - Drug and human smugglers are taking advantage of Border Patrol shift changes in Hidalgo County, a local union leader said. Chris Cabrera said agents want longer shifts and adjusted pay to close the gaps caused by those shift changes. Cabrera is the vice president of the local... more »
  • Cuellar: Border Patrol Must Provide Real Numbers Play Video

    October 8, 2013 8:38 PM

    WESLACO - Congressman Henry Cuellar said there is no reason Border Patrol agents should be discouraged from reporting the number of illegal immigrants who avoid capture. The statement comes after the vice president of the local chapter of the National Border Patrol Council revealed that agency officials are discouraging... more »
  • Border Patrol Officials Accused of Manipulating Information Play Video

    October 7, 2013 6:47 PM

    WESLACO - Federal agents are being "discouraged" from reporting the number of illegal immigrants who don't get caught, said the local vice president of the National Border Patrol Council Union. The agents are told to only report those captured and the ones returned to Mexico. The revelation comes as... more »
  • Woman Charged for Pointing Laser at Helicopter Play Video

    October 7, 2013 1:00 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - A Brownsville woman was charged with pointing a laser at a Border Patrol helicopter. Police arrested 20-year-old Yesenia Diaz at her home Saturday night. Authorities said a helicopter was patrolling near Alton Gloor Boulevard, when Diaz pointed a laser at the pilot. According to police, Diaz... more »
  • Group of Suspected Illegal Immigrants Detained Near School Play Video

    October 7, 2013 12:55 PM

    MISSION - Border Patrol agents detained several people near a Sharyland ISD campus. Harry Shimotsu Elementary was placed on lockdown, after school officials noticed people hiding in neighboring brush. Police were called to the scene. The school is in the Shary Plantation community near Glasscock and San Mateo. Officers... more »
  • Illegal Immigrant Sentenced to Jail For Assaulting Agent Play Video

    September 26, 2013 4:24 PM

    McALLEN - An illegal immigrant has been sentenced to 15 months in prison for assaulting a Border Patrol agent. The assault happened on April 5, court records show. The agent was part of a group of lawmen tracking several illegal immigrants near Hidalgo. One of the immigrants, Jaime Lopez... more »
  • Illegal Immigrant Charged with Assaulting Agents Play Video

    September 25, 2013 5:17 PM

    McALLEN - An illegal immigrant on Wednesday was charged with the assault of two Border Patrol agents. Court records show Alberto Mayen attacked the agents while he was being loaded into a Border Patrol unit. The incident happened in August. Mayen, a Guatemala national, allegedly twisted one of... more »
  • Hospital Guard Duties Take Agents Away from Front Lines Play Video

    September 18, 2013 8:51 PM

    WESLACO - Border Patrol agents are often required to leave the front lines to look after illegal immigrants at local hospitals, officials said. "Unfortunately, we don't have a physician on staff," Border Patrol Rio Grande Valley Sector Spokesman Henry Mendiola said. The hospital guard duty can be taxing... more »
  • Feds Speaking to 2 Accused of Running Stash House Play Video

    September 18, 2013 1:04 PM

    SAN JUAN - Federal agents are speaking to two people suspected of running a stash house in San Juan. Police and Border Patrol agents pulled out 42 illegal immigrants from the home on Cesar Chavez yesterday. CHANNEL 5 NEWS broke the story yesterday afternoon. Authorities said what made this... more »
  • Border Patrol Prepares for Spike in Illegal Immigration Play Video

    September 16, 2013 7:57 PM

    WESLACO - Border Patrol officials said their agents are adapting to the way smugglers operate during storms. Agents said smugglers avoid trekking through the mud because of the tracks they leave behind. They said criminals stage groups of immigrants along the river south of the border and wait for... more »
  • 5 Charged in Human Smuggling Operation Play Video

    September 11, 2013 8:18 PM

    EDINBURG - Five Mexican nationals were arrested after authorities raided two houses Monday night in Edinburg. Border Patrol agents arrested 150 illegal immigrants at the houses near Juan and Efrain streets. Officials said the five Mexican nationals were in charge of the smuggling operation. Federal officials said the... more »

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