LAREDO, TEXAS—On Jan. 29, Laredo North Station agents assigned to the Border Patrol checkpoint located on Interstate 35, rescued two undocumented aliens hiding in the windjammer of a 2008 International tractor-trailer.
While an agent was conducting an immigration inspection in the primary lane, the driver, a 30-year old male U.S. citizen, advised the agent that he was told via radio by other drivers that subjects were seen inside the windjammer of his tractor.
At that time, the agent proceeded to the rear of the tractor to inspect and subsequently observed scuff marks. The tractor-trailer was referred to for a closer inspection. Agents inspected and discovered the subjects, who were concealed in such a manner that external assistance was not necessary for them to exit the windjammer.
"This tactic of concealment used by smugglers puts the life of undocumented immigrants in jeopardy. Our agents remain vigilant and will continue to inspect these tractor-trailers thoroughly," said Acting Chief Patrol Agent John C. Esquivel.
After identifying both subjects, it was discovered that they are from Mexico and have criminal and immigration records. They did not require medical attention and will be processed accordingly.
This case remains under investigation.
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.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection 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.