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Busy weekend for Border Patrol Agents in Big Bend region

MARFA, Texas – Officials with Customs and Border Protection (CBP) say that last weekend was busy for Big Bend Sector Border Patrol agents who stopped several human smuggling attempts among other events.

According to a news release from CBP officials Monday, Big Bend Sector agents took more than 120 individuals involved in human smuggling schemes into custody.

“The largest human smuggling attempt occurred in Sierra Blanca in which five vehicles were used to transport 30 undocumented non-citizens,” officials shared.

In addition, agents also seized over 230 pounds of marijuana from a vehicle that tried to run from Border Patrol agents and crashed into a fence causing property damage to a local ranch.

In Van Horn, agents recovered a migrant who died; the unknown person’s remains were transported to Lubbock for an autopsy.

Officials add that during record checks of those caught in smuggling schemes, agents identified two undocumented non-citizens with criminal history.

“One individual, a national of Guatemala, was previously convicted of Involuntary Manslaughter in the state of California. The second individual, a national of Guatemala, was found guilty of Assault with Intent to Commit Sexual Assault and Indecent Exposure in the state of Iowa,” officials said. “Both undocumented non-citizens were accepted for prosecutions by Big Bend Sector prosecutions unit.”