LAREDO, TEXAS – U.S. Border Patrol agents from the Laredo Sector rescued several individuals abandoned northeast of Laredo.
The incident began during the afternoon of May 5 and stretched into the early morning of May 6, when agents from the Freer Station received notice of a suspicious vehicle on a ranch northeast of Laredo. Agents, with the assistance of Air and Marine Operations, responded and locate the vehicle as it traveled through the ranch.
Agents followed the vehicle until the driver abandoned it and absconded into the nearby brush. Agents continued to search the area and ultimately located a total of 12 individuals, including two females who required medical assistance for dehydration. One had lost consciousness. U.S. Border Patrol Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT) evaluated and stabilized the individuals, administering fluids through an IV. Agents transported all the individuals to the Freer checkpoint where the two women were further evaluated and treated by Webb County EMT. They were medically cleared.
All 12 individuals were illegally in the country and from the countries of Mexico, Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Peru. All were taken into custody pending further investigation. The abandoned vehicle was seized by U.S. Border Patrol.
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.
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