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Border Patrol Agents Locate 75 Migrants In A Locked Refrigerated Tractor Trailer

Release Date: 
October 29, 2021

EDINBURG, Texas – Falfurrias Border Patrol Station agents discovered the migrants in a refrigerated trailer which was hauling pallets of flour.

Migrants found in refrigerated trailer.
Migrants found in refrigerated trailer.

On Oct. 27, Falfurrias Border Patrol Station agents working at the Falfurrias Border Patrol Checkpoint conducted an immigration inspection on the driver of a tractor trailer. The primary agent was questioning the driver regarding his citizenship when a Border Patrol canine alerted to the trailer. 

The tractor trailer was moved to a secondary exam area where a second canine alert was recorded. Border Patrol agents opened the trailer doors and discovered 75 shivering migrants attempting to stay warm. 

They were all determined to be citizens from Central America and Mexico. The driver was placed under arrest and the 75 migrants were taken into custody. All of the subjects were medically screened, and no one required further medical attention. 

At the time of the discovery the trailer’s refrigerator was set to 58 degrees Fahrenheit and the doors were padlocked shut from the outside. The migrants were unable to escape without someone opening the doors from the outside. 

Border Patrol is processing the subjects accordingly. 

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Last modified: 
October 29, 2021