Collaboration Between Laredo Sector Border Patrol and Government of Mexico Prevent Human Smuggling Attempt
LAREDO, Texas – On June 7, 2018, Laredo Sector Border Patrol Agents coordinated with the Government of Mexico in an operation which resulted in the arrest of 24 individuals from a stash house in Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, Mexico.
The incident transpired after agents assigned to the Laredo Sector Intelligence Unit received information regarding a large group of individuals at a residence in Nuevo Laredo, waiting to be smuggled into the United States. The information was relayed to the Laredo Sector Foreign Operations Branch who collaborated with the Government of Mexico and coordinated the enforcement action. The 24 individuals discovered in the stash house were determined to be from the country of Guatemala.
“This enforcement action clearly demonstrates the exceptional level of binational cooperation that the Border Patrol has with the Government of Mexico. We fully intend to continue this level of cooperation between both governments to detect and prevent the smuggling of individuals,” said Assistant Chief Patrol Agent Gabriel Acosta.
The Laredo Sector Foreign Operations Branch (LRT FOB) was established in October 2016, for the purpose of streamlining, structuring and building upon the successes of the International Liaison Unit. LRT FOB was built on four pillars consisting of international liaison, consular affairs, binational enforcement and binational prosecution.
To report suspicious activity such as alien and/or drug smuggling, 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 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.