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.
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.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.