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Concerned Citizen’s Report Prevents a Human Smuggling Attempt

Release Date: 
January 22, 2021

LAREDO, TEXAS – Border Patrol agents assigned to the Laredo North Station respond to a concerned citizen’s report and prevent a human smuggling event in north Laredo.

The incident began during the late evening of January 21, when agents responded to a report of multiple vehicles dropping off several individuals near a transportation lot on Union Pacific Boulevard.

human smuggling attempt

Agents searched the area and quickly apprehended 48 individuals who were in the United States illegally from the countries of Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Ecuador, and Nicaragua.  Most of the individuals were not wearing any Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).  All of the individuals were provided PPE, medically screened, and taken into custody.

U.S. Border Patrol agents of the Laredo Sector will continue to stand at the ready to secure the Nation’s borders, prevent the flow of illegal immigration, slow the spread of COVID-19, and uphold the agency’s Core Values of Vigilance, Service, and Integrity. 

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.  If you see something, please say something.  You can also follow us on our social media platforms on Twitter and Instagram @usbpchieflrt and @usbpdepchieflrt and on Facebook at US Border Patrol Laredo Sector. 


Last modified: 
January 22, 2021