An investigation into stash houses resulted in more than three dozen migrants being found living in “inhumane conditions” in Socorro and Clint, officials said.
U.S. Border Patrol agents on Dec. 8 helped Socorro Police Department officers investigate a mobile home possibly being used as a stash house in Socorro, Border Patrol officials said.
Agents found 24 people who had been smuggled into the U.S. being held inside the mobile home.
Information gathered during the investigation into the Socorro stash house led agents to another stash house in Clint, officials said.
Agents found seven migrants “in deplorable living conditions” in the Clint stash house, officials said.
“Due to the hard work and vigilance of the agents and the Socorro Police Department, 31 migrants were rescued from overcrowded and inhumane conditions,” Border Patrol officials said.https://8495095329b1140167321c7dd843c25d.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-38/html/container.html
The 31 migrants found in the stash houses included citizens from Ecuador, El Salvador, and Mexico.
Two unaccompanied children — one from Guatemala and another from Mexico — were found in the group of migrants. The children were in good health, officials said.
“Border Patrol agents in the El Paso Sector maximize their success with strong and effective law enforcement partnerships to help disrupt threats by Transnational Criminal Organizations,” U.S. Border Patrol El Paso Sector Chief Patrol Agent Gloria I. Chavez said in a statement. “We are fortunate to enjoy strong and vibrant law enforcement partnerships in the West Texas and New Mexico region.”
Socorro Police Chief David Burton said in a statement: “This event highlights the importance of partnerships between law enforcement agencies and exemplifies the commitment to serving our community from all agencies and protecting the public.”
The U.S. Border Patrol El Paso Sector, which covers all West Texas and New Mexico, saw a significant increase in stash house busts during the 2021 fiscal year, officials said.
Source: El Paso Times