Border Patrol uncover stash houses in Hidalgo County

Thirty-two people were apprehended by Border Patrol from a stash house in Donna on Wednesday. (Courtesy Photo)

More than 64 arrests were made by U.S. Border Patrol agents in the Rio Grande Valley last week, according to an agency news release.

On Friday morning, agents observed several people entering a white minivan near Ware Road south of Military Highway in McAllen and attempted to initiate a vehicle stop, but the driver failed to yield and led agents in a short vehicle pursuit.

Several subjects fled the minivan once it pulled over on the side of a road near McAllen where agents apprehended seven Mexican nationals but were unable to locate the driver.

Thursday, in an unrelated incident, agents were able to disrupt multiple stash houses holding several people who were in the United States illegally.

The Donna Police Department requested assistance from the Weslaco Border Patrol station after an encounter with some subjects at a Donna residence.

Agents were able to determine that the 15 subjects were Central Americans and Ecuadorians and illegally in the United States, but they were unable to find the caretaker.

Then on Wednesday, agents requested help from Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office deputies after receiving a tip of another residence in Donna being used to harbor undocumented people.

Once at the residence, agents encountered 32 individuals from Central America and Mexico.

In addition, 17 other individuals were apprehended from a suspected stash house in Hidalgo County, though the news release did not provide any details.

All subjects were processed accordingly by Border Patrol.