Border Patrol launches campaign to combat RGV drug, human smuggling

A U.S. Border Patrol agent walk up to a new section of the border wall before the arrival of Acting Homeland Secretary Chad Wolf Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020, in McAllen. (Joel Martinez | [email protected])

The Weslaco Border Patrol Station has launched a new campaign to assist in combating local human and narcotics smuggling in the area.

“Se Busca Información” initiative, which was announced on March 8, is intended to identify individuals associated with transnational criminal organizations who are sought for crimes associated with human and drug smuggling on either side of the border.

“The outcome is to gather information on these individuals that could lead to prosecution,” a news release read. “It is important to note that an arrest or criminal complaint is merely a charge and should not be considered evidence of guilt. Subjects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.”

Border Patrol agents hope that community members do their part in disrupting illicit activity in the Rio Grande Valley.

“Transnational criminal organizations continue to place profit over human lives,” Chief Patrol Agent Gloria Chavez of the Rio Grande Valley Sector said in the news release. “Through the Weslaco Station’s ‘Se Busca Informacion’ initiative, community members will be able to provide us information on individuals who place human lives at risk everyday.”

Anyone with information that may assist Border Patrol and the “Se Busca Información” initiative is encouraged to call (956) 647-8881.