Illegal activity attracts national attention

The federal government is bolstering its efforts to combat illegal activity in the Rio Grande Valley.

An estimated 200 plus U.S. Border Patrol agents from as far as San Diego, California have arrived in the Valley.

"The U.S. Border Patrol agents will be used to augment the current workforce and help address the workload" said U.S. Border Patrol Spokesman Henry Mendiola.

Action 4 News asked what the exact tasks the federal agents would be taking, but few details were released.

Reports reveal that both drug smuggling and illegal immigration have skyrocketed surpassing top ports of entries.

A source tells Action 4 News the U.S. Border Patrol agents have been sent here to tackling the primary source behind human smuggling and drug trafficking, cartels.

The agents are from across the country including El Paso, Yuma, and San Diego.