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Border Patrol Agents Thwart Careless Smuggling Tactics

Release Date: 
July 18, 2018

LAREDO, Texas – Border Patrol agents assigned to the Interstate Highway 35 Border Patrol Checkpoint prevented a human smuggling attempt of 10 illegal aliens. 

On July 17, the event transpired after the driver of the tractor-trailer consented to a non-intrusive scan utilizing an X-ray imaging system.  During the non-intrusive scan, the agent observed anomalies within the sleeper compartment of the cabin.   

Border Patrol agents discovered 10 aliens hidden in the sleeper cab of a tractor trailer at the Interstate 35 checkpoint
Border Patrol agents discovered 10 illegal
aliens hidden in the sleeper compartment of a
tractor trailer at the Interstate 35 checkpoint.

Upon further inspection, Border Patrol agents discovered 10 illegal aliens inside the sleeper compartment of the cabin.  The nine males and one female were found in good health and determined to be from the country of Mexico.  The driver, a United States citizen, was arrested. 

The case is currently under investigation by Homeland Security Investigations.

“The men and women of the United States Border Patrol remain determined not only to protect the nation’s borders from illicit activity, but ensure that those who cross illegally are treated humanely.  The U.S. Border Patrol will continue in the disruption and deterrence of any careless tactics utilized by smugglers,” said Laredo Sector Acting Chief Patrol Agent Jason D. Owens.

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.

Last modified: 
July 18, 2018