Border Patrol Agents Thwart Careless Smuggling Tactics
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.
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.
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.