LAREDO, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents at the Interstate 35 (I-35) Border Patrol checkpoint north of Laredo prevented a human smuggling attempt.
The incident occurred late in the evening of June 15, when a white tractor hauling a white trailer approached the I-35 checkpoint and a Service canine alerted to the trailer.
A search of the trailer led agents to discover 24 individuals hidden inside, all illegally present in the United States from the countries of Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras; one was later determined to be a convicted felon. The individuals and the driver, a U.S. citizen, were taken into custody pending investigation. The vehicle was seized by 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.
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.