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8 Migrants Rescued at Checkpoint by Rio Grande Valley Agents

Release Date: 
May 11, 2016

FALFURRIAS, Texas  ̶̶  Agents rescued 8 illegal immigrants hidden inside a tractor trailer early Sunday morning at the Falfurrias Checkpoint on U.S. Highway 281 North.

Illegal Immigrants rescued from tractor trailer at the Falfurrias, Texas checkpoint

Illegal Immigrants rescued from tractor trailer at the Falfurrias, Texas checkpoint

The rescue occurred when the driver and passenger, both U.S. citizens, approached the checkpoint.  During the inspection, a Border Patrol canine alerted to the trailer. Upon further inspection, agents discovered the illegal immigrants concealed between pallets of cabbage with no means of escape. The subjects were offered medical attention but declined.

The driver and passenger were arrested and were referred for prosecution. The migrants will be processed accordingly.

The Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol Sector is part of the Joint Task Force-West South Texas Corridor, which leverages federal, state and local resources to combat transnational criminal organizations. Please visit www.cbp.gov to view additional news releases and other information pertaining to Customs and Border Protection.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017