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Border Patrol Agents Rescue Six Undocumented Immigrants

Release Date: 
October 15, 2012

Agents assigned to the Laredo North and Freer station rescued a total of six undocumented immigrants from Mexico over the weekend. The first incident occurred on Saturday, October 13, when agents working at the Interstate Highway 35 checkpoint encountered a 2003 Orange Chevrolet Avalanche at the primary inspection lane. A service canine alerted to possible hidden people or contraband, which was subsequently referred to secondary inspection.

Individuals discovered by Border Patrol Agens in Laredo, TX

While in secondary, the service canine alerted to the rear of the truck that had a locked bed cover and tail gate. The Agent asked the driver to open the bed cover and tailgate where they discovered five undocumented Immigrants locked inside. The subjects were sweating profusely due to the fact there was no internal ventilation. A Border Patrol Emergency Medical Technician provided medical attention to the distressed subjects.

On a separate incident, Freer station responded to a 911 call transferred from the sheriff's department regarding a distressed subject claiming to be lost. Agents from the Freer Station immediately activated a search and rescue. After an extensive search by numerous agents, the subject was encountered and in need of medical attention. The subject was evaluated by our EMT and it was determined that the undocumented immigrant was severely dehydrated and displayed signs of high blood pressure. Due to the severity of his medical condition an ambulance was dispatched to the area. Our EMT was able to stabilize the subject until medical assistance arrived and could transport the subject to a hospital in Laredo, Texas.

The Laredo Sector currently has 82 EMT certified agents and 7 Paramedics. Over 1,312 rescues have been conducted this year alone.

To report suspicious activity such as drug and/or alien smuggling, contact the Laredo Sector Border Patrol toll free telephone number at (800) 343-1994.

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Last modified: 
February 9, 2017