Caller claims to have kidnapped Border Patrol agent in Texas

Caller claims to have kidnapped Border Patrol agent in Texas

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Federal agencies are investigating reports of a possible kidnapped Border Patrol agent in Texas this week.

A caller claimed to have kidnapped an agent and made threats against local police, according to Valley Central.

Hundreds of miles away in Tucson Sector, Art del Cueto, president of Union Local 2544, said he's received a few calls checking in on his safety and he assumes other agents have received the same. He said the agency is doing a good job to make sure everyone is accounted for.

"There's no such thing as a rumor or it's a hoax," said del Cueto. "When you're dealing with a federal agents life maybe being in danger, it is a serious situation."

A statement from Rio Grande Sector and its local union report that all on-duty agents are okay, but they're still tracking down all the off-duty agents. There are roughly 3,100 total agents in the sector and some are away for the holiday.

Back in Tucson Sector, del Cueto said the area stops and seizes more drugs than anywhere else in the country so a similar situation could happen here as well. He said agents understand the dangers and risks of their jobs, but no one likes to see them happen. A situation like this raises agents' awareness, according to del Cueto.

"It's an eye opener though when you hear something like this," said del Cueto. "God willing everything turns out okay but we're just going to have to wait and see. It's one of the dangers of the job that we deal with day in and day out."

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