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Eagle Pass CBP Officers Intercept Human Smuggling Attempt at Port

Release Date: 
April 13, 2017

EAGLE PASS, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers foiled a human smuggling attempt of three Mexican nationals in an enforcement action at the Eagle Pass Port of Entry.

“This interception of human smuggling exemplifies the teamwork of our officers working at our port,” said Port Director John Brandt, Eagle Pass Port of Entry. “Our officers employed a combination of observational skills and experience and halted this human smuggling attempt - all in a day’s work.”

The smuggling attempt occurred on April 9, when CBP officers inspected a 2006 Chrysler 300 with Colorado temporary plates, driven by a 40-year-old Mexican citizen. The driver was also accompanied by his 18-year-old daughter and minor son both of whom are U.S. citizens. As CBP officers inspected the vehicle, they found three men concealed in the trunk of the vehicle. CBP officers learned that the three men were Mexican nationals without legal documents to enter the U.S. and the driver and daughter allegedly attempted to smuggle them into the U.S. illegally.

CBP officers seized the vehicle. The driver and daughter, from Lamar, Colorado, will appear before a U.S. magistrate for alleged violation of immigration law. The minor child was turned over to his mother.

The Office of Field Operations is the primary organization within U.S. Customs and Border Protection tasked with an anti-terrorism mission at our nation’s ports. CBP officers screen all people, vehicles and goods entering the United States while facilitating the flow of legitimate trade and travel. Their mission also includes carrying out border-related duties, including narcotics interdiction, enforcing immigration and trade laws, and protecting the nation's food supply and agriculture industry from pests and diseases.

Last modified: 
April 18, 2017