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Border Patrol Agents Apprehend 39 Illegal Immigrants at Checkpoint

Release Date: 
August 10, 2012

Laredo, Texas - Border Patrol Agents assigned to the north station in Laredo, Texas apprehended 39 illegal immigrants Wednesday night.

Men crowded in back of tractor-trailer.

Border Patrol agents at a checkpoint in Laredo were able to stop this tractor-trailer carrying 39 illegal immigrants.

Agents working at the immigration checkpoint located on Interstate Highway 35 north of Laredo discovered the group in the trailer of an 18-wheeler after a Border Patrol canine alerted toward the vehicle.

All the subjects seemed to be sweating profusely from the lack of ventilation in the trailer. All subjects were rescued in time and refused additional medical attention. Agents determined that all of them were citizens of Mexico without proper documentation for entry into the U.S.

The case has been turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

To report suspicious activity such as drug and/or alien smuggling, call (800) 343-1994.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) 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.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017