On February 21, 2017, Homeland Security Investigations (DHS) joined with U.S. Border Patrol and Refugio Police Department to execute four separate search warrants at various properties in Refugio, Texas. The operation resulted in the arrest and charges brought against the owner of some of the investigated properties, identified by court documents as Alfredo Plascencia-Leon.
The raid was conducted after a yearlong investigation and involved four federal search warrants as part of a criminal investigation, according to reports from law enforcement. However, during execution of the search warrants, agents encountered multiple individuals who, according to court documents, readily admitted to being present in the United States illegally.
DHS detained the individuals identified as being in the country illegally. None gave any exculpatory statements regarding the case.
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