Falfurrias, Texas - Agents assigned to the Falfurrias Border Patrol Station rescued two illegal aliens from the trunk of a car Tuesday.
The event transpired when agents manning the Border Patrol checkpoint on U.S. Highway 281, south of Falfurrias, performed an immigration inspection on the driver of a blue Pontiac sedan. During the inspection, a Border Patrol K-9 team detected the possible presence of hidden people or the odor of narcotics coming from the vehicle.
When agents opened the vehicle's trunk they discovered two women of Mexican nationality within.
Other than being subjected to extreme heat and cramped conditions, the women were reported to be in good health. Both females were taken into custody and will be processed for removal to their country of origin.
"Illegal aliens continue to be unwary of the risks they take when attempting to further their migration north," said Acting Chief Patrol Agent Ricardo E. Aguirre. "There are numerous possibilities of this incident having resulted in the death of these women, from a rear-end collision to carbon monoxide poisoning. Falfurrias agents did an excellent job in detecting and preventing these women from facing the possibility of death. This goes to show that checkpoints are not only effective in stemming the flow of illegal drugs but in saving lives."
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.