Mercedes, Texas - U.S. Border Patrol agents and the Hidalgo County Constable’s Office disrupted an active stash house operating in a residential neighborhood.

On Monday afternoon, Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol agents received information regarding a possible stash house operating in Mercedes, Texas. Agents and deputies from the Hidalgo County Constables Office identified the residence and conducted a welfare check on the occupants. Inside agents identified 22 subjects consisting of men, women and unaccompanied children from the countries of Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Ecuador.

The Border Patrol is processing all subjects accordingly.

The Rio Grande Valley Sector currently has multiple campaigns focused on rescues and danger awareness, such as “Operation Big Rig” and “No Se Arriesgue” to combat smuggling and ultimately save lives. Call 911 to report suspicious activity; “They’re humans, not cargo!”