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Due Diligence by Border Patrol Prevents a Large Human Smuggling Attempt

Release Date: 
April 14, 2020

LAREDO, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents prevented a large human smuggling attempt north of Laredo.

The incident occurred during the early morning hours of April 13, when Laredo North Border Patrol agents performed a traffic stop on a white tractor hauling a white trailer at mile marker 31.  A Service canine was requested and alerted to the trailer. 

Laredo Sector Border Patrol agents discovered 28 illegal aliens hidden in a tractor trailer during a traffic stop on Interstate 35
Laredo Sector Border Patrol agents discovered
28 illegal aliens within a tractor trailer during a
traffic stop on Interstate 35.

Agents opened the trailer, and discovered 28 individuals, all illegally present in the United States, from the countries of Mexico, Guatemala, and Ecuador.  The individuals and the driver, a U.S. citizen, were taken into custody pending investigation. 

Despite the ongoing international COVID-19 pandemic, alien smugglers endanger the lives of individuals they transport, and put at risk the health and safety of our Nation.  U.S. Border Patrol agents strive to prevent the flow of illegal immigration and slow the spread of COVID-19.

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. 

Last modified: 
February 3, 2021