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Border Patrol Encounters Another Commercial Vehicle Involved in Human Smuggling Attempt

Release Date: 
July 14, 2020

LAREDO, TEXAS – U.S. Border Patrol agents apprehended another large number of individuals inside a tractor-trailer during a failed human smuggling attempt in north Laredo, for the second time this week.

The event occurred on the evening of July 13, when a tractor hauling a white trailer approached the U.S. Highway 83 checkpoint.  During an immigration inspection of the driver and passenger, both U.S. citizens, the driver readily admitted that there were people inside the trailer.  Upon opening the trailer, agents found 35 individuals who were illegally in the United States from the countries of Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador.  The inside trailer temperature was recorded at 126.1 degrees Fahrenheit at the time the individuals were discovered.  All were evaluated and offered medical attention by a Border Patrol emergency medical technician.  All subjects were placed under arrest, to include the U.S. citizen driver and passenger, pending further investigation by Homeland Security Investigations Special Agents.  

Despite the threat of the COVID-19 pandemic, smugglers continue to endanger the lives of individuals they exploit and the health and safety of our Nation.  U.S. Border Patrol agents strive to prevent the flow of illegal immigration and slow the spread of COVID-19.

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. 

35 people found inside trailer

 

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Last modified: 
July 14, 2020