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Border Patrol Intercepts a Large Human Smuggling Attempt

Release Date: 
April 6, 2020

LAREDO, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents intercepted a large human smuggling attempt at the Border Patrol checkpoint, north of Laredo.

The incident occurred during the early morning hours of April 5, when a white tractor hauling a white trailer approached the I-35 checkpoint.  During an immigration inspection of the driver, a Service canine alerted to the rear of the trailer. 

Border Patrol agents discovered 32 aliens within a tractor trailer on Interstate 35
Border Patrol agents discovered 32 aliens in a
tractor trailer at the Interstate 35 checkpoint.

Agents opened the trailer and discovered 32 individuals, including one juvenile, all illegally present in the United States from the countries of Mexico, Guatemala, Ecuador, and El Salvador.  The individuals and the driver, a U.S. citizen, were taken into custody pending investigation. 

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. 

Last modified: 
April 6, 2020