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Border Patrol Agents Continue to Rescue Passengers Hidden in Grain Hopper Train Cars

Release Date
Mon, 09/21/2020

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LAREDO, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents from the Hebbronville Station rescued several individuals attempting to further their entry into the United States via dangerous train concealment methods east of Bruni, Texas.

While conducting a routine freight train check during the early morning of  September 20, agents found 13 individuals trapped inside a locked grain hopper train car and an additional six individuals who were attempting to hide on different parts of the train.

All of the individuals were determined to be in the United States illegally from the countries of Mexico and Guatemala.  None of the individuals found in the cramped quarters were wearing any personal protective equipment (PPE).  All were medically evaluated and taken into custody by the U.S. Border Patrol pending prosecution.

Laredo Sector Chief Patrol Agent Matthew J. Hudak said, “Hebbronville station agents encountered another train case in which smuggled aliens were trapped inside a small confined space; this time completely locked in with no means of escape.  These dangerous and potentially deadly tactics used by smugglers and illegal aliens continue to put the aliens and their rescuers at significant risk and significantly increase the potential spread of COVID-19.”

The Laredo Sector Border Patrol constantly develops its Workforce and places an emphasis on acquiring talented personnel who dedicate themselves as Public Servants while securing the borders of our Nation. 

To report suspicious activity such as alien and/or drug smuggling, download the “USBP Laredo Sector” App or contact the Laredo Sector Border Patrol toll free at 1-800-343-1994.  If you see something, please say something.  You can also follow us on our social media platforms on Twitter and Instagram @usbpchieflrt and @usbpdepchieflrt and on Facebook at US Border Patrol Laredo Sector. 


Last Modified: Apr 07, 2021