Border Patrol agents arrest 98 near Presidio

BP Apprehends 98 Illegal Aliens_1558130044197.jpg.jpg

PRESIDIO, Texas (Big 2/Fox 24) – Border Patrol agents arrested nearly 100 people who crossed the border illegally Thursday.

Officials with the US Customs and Border Protection office say around 6:30 p.m. Thursday evening agents were notified about a large group trying to cross the border illegally through Presidio.

Agents responded to the location and apprehended 98 people including families an unaccompanied children.

“Transnational criminal organizations continue to use large groups to saturate and distract our agents. While these groups affect our ability to provide effective border security, it is through our community partnerships that we have been extremely successful in apprehending human trafficking and narcotics smuggling loads. I am proud of Presidio Station and Big Bend Sector agents, as well as the efforts and collaboration from our state, local and international partners,” Patrol Agent in Charge of the Presidio Station Derek Boyle said in a statement.

All of the suspects are citizens of El Salvador, Honduras and Belize.

Officials say the Big Bend Sector of the CBP office have already apprehended more than 800 suspects in May alone.

Copyright 2019 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.