LAREDO, Texas – On September 5, 2016, at approximately 9:00 p.m., Border Patrol agents from the Laredo Sector Border Patrol rescued 22 individuals at the Interstate Highway 35 Checkpoint.
Border Patrol agents assigned to the Border Patrol Checkpoint on Interstate Highway 35 encountered a tractor-trailer at the primary inspection lane. After a service canine alerted to possible narcotics or humans concealed within the vehicle, agents referred the trailer to the secondary inspection area.
Border Patrol agents opened the back doors of the trailer and found several individuals trapped inside with no apparent means to escape. A total of 22 people from Mexico and Central America were rescued.
“Rescuing these people and providing the required medical attention was the main concern for our Border Patrol agents involved in this life-threatening situation. We were fortunate that we found them in time before this turned into a tragic situation. We ask the community to continue to report any suspicious activity,” said Chief Patrol Agent Mario Martinez.
Through our Border Safety Initiative (BSI), the Laredo Sector Border Patrol continues to warn the public against the dangers of people crossing illegally into the United States. BSI is a humanitarian, bi-national strategy designed to reduce migrant deaths educate and inform potential migrants of the dangers and hazards of crossing the border illegally and to respond to those who are in life-threatening situations.
The case has been turned over to Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), Laredo Office for further investigation.
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 the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.