LAREDO, Texas – Laredo Sector Border Patrol agents rescued 10 individuals in a human smuggling attempt at the immigration checkpoint on Interstate Highway 35 north of Laredo, Texas.
The incident occurred on July 23, when agents encountered a white tractor pulling two additional tractors in the primary inspection lane. While at the primary lane, a Border Patrol canine alerted to the odor of concealed narcotics and/or humans in the vehicle. The tractor was referred to secondary for further inspection.
Agents discovered five individuals who were being transported in the middle tractor and five more in the last tractor. Record checks on the 10 individuals determined they were nationals of Mexico and El Salvador in the country illegally. None of the individuals required any medical attention.
They were all placed under arrest, along with the driver, a United States citizen, to be processed accordingly. The three tractors utilized in the human smuggling attempt were seized by the Laredo Sector Border Patrol.
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.