US Customs and Border Patrol, November 19, 2019
U.S. Border Patrol Agents from Big Bend Sector apprehended a group of ten men dressed in camouflage clothing attempting to conceal themselves in thick brush while walking in a remote canyon 100 miles south of Alpine, Texas.
“This is yet another example of how transnational criminal organizations are attempting to exploit some of the most desolate areas along our border.” Big Bend Sector Chief Patrol Agent Matthew Hudak said. “Our ability to locate these subjects and effect an arrest without incident reflects the expertise of the agents to navigate these lands.”
On Friday morning, November 15, 2019, agents assigned to Alpine Station were conducting patrol duties near the Rio Grande River when they encountered the footprints of several individuals that appeared to have illegally entered the United States. Alpine agents tracked the footprints heading north in an area known as Dog Canyon.
At approximately 10:30 a.m., agents from Alpine Station encountered several individuals dressed in camouflage attempting to conceal themselves in thick brush. After further investigation, it was determined that the individuals were citizens and nationals of Mexico and Guatemala illegally present in the United States. They were processed according to applicable immigration laws.
This group was apprehended in the same general area where a group of 31 individuals was apprehended earlier this month by agents from Sanderson Station.
Big Bend Sector Border Patrol agents patrol 517 miles of the Southwest border that extends from Sierra Blanca, Texas, to Sanderson, Texas. Alpine Station’s area of responsibility includes 157 miles of international border with the Republic of Mexico and most of the 6,193 square miles of Brewster County, Texas. Station activity also includes continuous operation of two traffic checkpoints on Highway 118 and Highway 385.
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