FBI: Migrants are being held by smugglers in El Paso stash houses until ransoms are paid

FBI finds that migrants are being held by smugglers in El Paso stash houses and are not released until they have paid ransom fees as high as $10,000

  • Since February, the FBI has arrested 15 smugglers who held migrants for ransoms after they were smuggled from Mexico
  • A spokesperson for the FBI El Paso field office told Fox News Digital that smugglers with cartels are demanding up to $10,000 to release the migrants
  • The migrants are being kept in squalid homes located throughout El Paso while the smugglers await for families to make the payments 
  • U.S. Border Patrol El Paso Sector has rescued or intercepted 1,684 migrants from more than 156 stash houses since October 1, 2021

The FBI has seen a growing number of cases in which smugglers working with drug cartels are holding migrants at stash houses in southwestern Texas and releasing them as long as their families pay ransoms that in some instances are as high as $10,000.

Since February, agents from the federal law enforcement agency’s El Paso field office have apprehended 15 individuals involved in the kidnappings of migrants in which ransoms were requested, Fox News Digital reported.

FBI Special Agent in Charge Jeffrey R. Downey told the site that the FBI was worried more about ‘well-being’ of migrants and not if they had crossed the United States-Mexico border legally or illegally.

“These victims endure so many frightening situations along their journey moving up towards the United States, only to find themselves being threatened with violence or become victims of violent acts,” Downey said.

A group of migrants was found  last week at an El Paso, Texas, stash house where they were being held against their will by smugglers after they were ferried across the United States-Mexico border. The FBI told Fox News Digital that smugglers with cartels are requesting payments of up to $10,000 to release migrants from stash houses located in El Paso

A group of migrants was found  last week at an El Paso, Texas, stash house where they were being held against their will by smugglers after they were ferried across the United States-Mexico border. The FBI told Fox News Digital that smugglers with cartels are requesting payments of up to $10,000 to release migrants from stash houses located in El Paso

A group of migrants was found last week crammed inside a filthy home in El Paso, Texas, that was used by smugglers after they were brought over from Mexico via the southern border. U.S. Border Patrol's El Paso Sector has rescued or intercepted 1,684 migrants from more than 156 stash houses that have been located during fiscal year 2022 (which spans October 1, 2021 to September 30, 2022)

A group of migrants was found last week crammed inside a filthy home in El Paso, Texas, that was used by smugglers after they were brought over from Mexico via the southern border. U.S. Border Patrol’s El Paso Sector has rescued or intercepted 1,684 migrants from more than 156 stash houses that have been located during fiscal year 2022 (which spans October 1, 2021 to September 30, 2022)

The FBI said the migrants were found to be living in filthy stash houses from which they were freed as long as their families covered their ransom payments.

Most of the squalid residences were filled with trash and lacked hot water and fresh air. In some instances, the individuals had no choice but to drink water from bathtubs because the kitchen faucets were not working.

Downey called on families of migrants held for ransom to report the incidents to the consulate or embassy offices of their loved one’s respective countries or to reach out to the FBI in the event that they are contacted by smugglers.

“As a community, we should be concerned about the increase of these kidnappings and the threat they pose to the public safety of our community,” Downey said. “We need the public’s help to see suspicious activity occurring in their neighborhood to report it to law enforcement and help protect a vulnerable population.”

The migrants pictured in this photo were kept against their will at one of the four stash houses that U.S. Border Patrol agents discovered in El Paso, Texas, during a 24-hour period in April

The migrants pictured in this photo were kept against their will at one of the four stash houses that U.S. Border Patrol agents discovered in El Paso, Texas, during a 24-hour period in April

According to the U.S. Border Patrol’s El Paso Sector, border agents have rescued or intercepted 1,684 migrants from more than 156 stash houses that have been located during fiscal year 2022 (which spans October 1, 2021 to September 30, 2022).

At least 13 migrants from Guatemala, El Salvador and Ecuador were found in a small home on July 5 in the El Paso neighborhood of El Segundo Barrio.

The following day, border officers and the Texas Department of Public Safety discovered 25 migrants inside a home in Ascarate Park.

On both occasions, the migrants were processed and expelled to Mexico under Title 42.

“U.S. Border Patrol in the El Paso Sector continues to bust dangerous human smuggling organizations located in residential communities throughout El Paso, Texas,” El Paso Sector Chief – 2 – Patrol Agent Gloria I. Chavez said in a statement. 

“Sheltering migrants in unsanitary and unsafe conditions is a common practice by Transnational Criminal Organizations that disregard the safety of the migrants they exploit.”

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FBI: Migrants are being held by smugglers in El Paso stash houses until ransoms are paid

FBI finds that migrants are being held by smugglers in El Paso stash houses and are not released until they have paid ransom fees as high as $10,000

  • Since February, the FBI has arrested 15 smugglers who held migrants for ransoms after they were smuggled from Mexico
  • A spokesperson for the FBI El Paso field office told Fox News Digital that smugglers with cartels are demanding up to $10,000 to release the migrants
  • The migrants are being kept in squalid homes located throughout El Paso while the smugglers await for families to make the payments 
  • U.S. Border Patrol El Paso Sector has rescued or intercepted 1,684 migrants from more than 156 stash houses since October 1, 2021

The FBI has seen a growing number of cases in which smugglers working with drug cartels are holding migrants at stash houses in southwestern Texas and releasing them as long as their families pay ransoms that in some instances are as high as $10,000.

Since February, agents from the federal law enforcement agency’s El Paso field office have apprehended 15 individuals involved in the kidnappings of migrants in which ransoms were requested, Fox News Digital reported.

FBI Special Agent in Charge Jeffrey R. Downey told the site that the FBI was worried more about ‘well-being’ of migrants and not if they had crossed the United States-Mexico border legally or illegally.

“These victims endure so many frightening situations along their journey moving up towards the United States, only to find themselves being threatened with violence or become victims of violent acts,” Downey said.

A group of migrants was found  last week at an El Paso, Texas, stash house where they were being held against their will by smugglers after they were ferried across the United States-Mexico border. The FBI told Fox News Digital that smugglers with cartels are requesting payments of up to $10,000 to release migrants from stash houses located in El Paso

A group of migrants was found  last week at an El Paso, Texas, stash house where they were being held against their will by smugglers after they were ferried across the United States-Mexico border. The FBI told Fox News Digital that smugglers with cartels are requesting payments of up to $10,000 to release migrants from stash houses located in El Paso

A group of migrants was found last week crammed inside a filthy home in El Paso, Texas, that was used by smugglers after they were brought over from Mexico via the southern border. U.S. Border Patrol's El Paso Sector has rescued or intercepted 1,684 migrants from more than 156 stash houses that have been located during fiscal year 2022 (which spans October 1, 2021 to September 30, 2022)

A group of migrants was found last week crammed inside a filthy home in El Paso, Texas, that was used by smugglers after they were brought over from Mexico via the southern border. U.S. Border Patrol’s El Paso Sector has rescued or intercepted 1,684 migrants from more than 156 stash houses that have been located during fiscal year 2022 (which spans October 1, 2021 to September 30, 2022)

The FBI said the migrants were found to be living in filthy stash houses from which they were freed as long as their families covered their ransom payments.

Most of the squalid residences were filled with trash and lacked hot water and fresh air. In some instances, the individuals had no choice but to drink water from bathtubs because the kitchen faucets were not working.

Downey called on families of migrants held for ransom to report the incidents to the consulate or embassy offices of their loved one’s respective countries or to reach out to the FBI in the event that they are contacted by smugglers.

“As a community, we should be concerned about the increase of these kidnappings and the threat they pose to the public safety of our community,” Downey said. “We need the public’s help to see suspicious activity occurring in their neighborhood to report it to law enforcement and help protect a vulnerable population.”

The migrants pictured in this photo were kept against their will at one of the four stash houses that U.S. Border Patrol agents discovered in El Paso, Texas, during a 24-hour period in April

The migrants pictured in this photo were kept against their will at one of the four stash houses that U.S. Border Patrol agents discovered in El Paso, Texas, during a 24-hour period in April

According to the U.S. Border Patrol’s El Paso Sector, border agents have rescued or intercepted 1,684 migrants from more than 156 stash houses that have been located during fiscal year 2022 (which spans October 1, 2021 to September 30, 2022).

At least 13 migrants from Guatemala, El Salvador and Ecuador were found in a small home on July 5 in the El Paso neighborhood of El Segundo Barrio.

The following day, border officers and the Texas Department of Public Safety discovered 25 migrants inside a home in Ascarate Park.

On both occasions, the migrants were processed and expelled to Mexico under Title 42.

“U.S. Border Patrol in the El Paso Sector continues to bust dangerous human smuggling organizations located in residential communities throughout El Paso, Texas,” El Paso Sector Chief – 2 – Patrol Agent Gloria I. Chavez said in a statement. 

“Sheltering migrants in unsanitary and unsafe conditions is a common practice by Transnational Criminal Organizations that disregard the safety of the migrants they exploit.”

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