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U.S. Border Patrol officials announced Friday that agents from the El Paso Sector discovered 134 migrants inside three separate stash houses, along with over $600k worth of Methamphetamine in the last 48 hours.
According to officials, the two day marathon began on July 15, as Alamogordo agents located 67 undocumented migrants trying to hide inside of a trailer in Chaparral, New Mexico.
Officials add that, of the 67 migrants, there were 44 Guatemalans, 16 Ecuadorans, five Mexicans, one El Salvadorian, and one Honduran. Two of the migrants from Guatemala were unaccompanied children.
Then, On July 14, Ysleta agents found a stash house in San Elizario with 43 undocumented migrants hiding inside of a home. Of the 43 migrants, there were 20 Ecuadorans, 11 Peruvians,10 Mexicans, one Honduran, and one Unaccompanied Child from Guatemala.
Additionally, inside of the home a Border Patrol Agent canine handler found 19.85 pounds of Methamphetamine worth an estimated street value of $635,200.
That same day – July 14 – Santa Teresa agents found another stash house in Vado, New Mexico with 24 undocumented migrants hiding inside of a house. Of the 24 migrants, there were 18 Ecuadorans, four Guatemalans, and two Mexicans.
Officials add that, of the 134 migrants, 131 were single adults and three were unaccompanied children
The three unaccompanied children from Guatemala were taken to the El Paso Central Processing Center for further processing while the 131 other migrants were returned to Mexico.
“Our Border Patrol agents will continue to work together with other law enforcement agencies to rescue migrants from these deplorable living conditions where they are held for long periods of time,” said El Paso Sector Chief Patrol Agent Gloria I. Chavez.
“No human being should be treated like a commodity.”
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