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      Police: Cartel claims they have kidnapped Border Patrol agent

      A person claiming to be a member of a cartel said they have kidnapped a border agent and threatened the agent's life, according to police.

      Border Patrol is making contact with all personnel in the Rio Grande Valley sector at this time.

      They have now confirmed that all agents working the day of the threat have been accounted for.

      Now, they are working to verify all those off-duty at the time of the threat are safe.

      The caller dialed 9-1-1 yesterday and said they have kidnapped a Border Patrol agent, La Joya Police Chief Geovanni Hernandez confirms.

      The La Joya Police Department contacted Border Patrol and the FBI, Hernandez said.

      A Border Patrol spokesperson did not confirm the threat, but they did confirm the agency is doing an accountability check of all agents stationed in the RGV sector.

      Right now there are more than 3,000 Border Patrol Agents stationed in the Rio Grande Valley.

      Omar Zamora with Border Patrol said 100 percent of our agents in RGV Sector have been located and accounted for.

      Action 4 News will continue to follow this story.

      Statement from Border Patrol:

      As of 10 am local time all on duty RGV sector agents have been accounted for. At this time RGV sector has not been able to corroborate the authenticity of the phone call received by the La Joya Police Department. Nevertheless through an abundance of caution the sector continues to pursue existing protocols to account for all RGV sector agents. The sector is also communicating with the CBP office of internal affairs, FBI, the La Joya PD and the government of Mexico regarding the original call. The sector employs approximately 3100 agents.

      Statement from RGV Border Patrol Union:

      We are closely monitoring development in the possible abduction of a Border Patrol Agent in the Rio Grande Valley. This incident is just a reminder of how dangerous this job is. Everyday, our Border Patrol Agents put their lives on the line to protect our nation and our neighborhoods from drugs cartels, criminals and terrorists. Currently, all on-duty agents have been accounted for. The Agency is now in the process of contacting all off-duty agents to ensure they are safe.If confirmed that an agent has been taken hostage by drug cartels in Mexico this would be a nightmare situation. We make a promise to our fellow agents to do everything we can to ensure that they make it home safe each night. We will not rest until this promise is kept.

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