Concerned Citizen’s Report Prevents a Human Smuggling Attempt
LAREDO, TEXAS – Border Patrol agents assigned to the Laredo South Station responded to a concerned citizen’s report and prevented a human smuggling attempt in south Laredo.
The incident began during the mid-morning of January 30, when agents responded to a report of a gray tractor trailer loading up several individuals near a business on State Highway 359.
Agents searched the area and quickly apprehended 33 individuals in the cab and trailer of the vehicle. The individuals 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.
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 official ports of entry. CBP is charged with securing the borders of the United States while enforcing hundreds of laws and facilitating lawful trade and travel.