LAREDO, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents intercepted a human smuggling attempt at the Border Patrol checkpoint on U.S. Highway 83 northwest of Laredo.
The incident occurred during the evening of July 5, when a red tractor approached the checkpoint. A non-intrusive scan of the vehicle revealed several individuals hidden inside.
Agents discovered eight individuals inside, all illegally present in the United States from the country of Mexico. The individuals, along with the driver, a U.S. citizen, were taken into custody pending investigation and subsequent prosecution. The tractor was seized by the U.S. Border Patrol.
Despite the threat of the COVID-19 pandemic and the increasing summer heat, 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.
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 official ports of entry. CBP is charged with securing the borders of the United States while enforcing hundreds of laws and facilitating lawful trade and travel.