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Laredo Sector Agents Conducting Train Check Find People Inside

Release Date: 
March 8, 2021

LAREDO, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents conducting a train check yielded finding several people inside as they tried to further their illegal journey into the United States near Hebbronville, Texas.

train check by border patrol
Train checked by US Border Patrol. 

While conducting train inspections on an eastbound train near town during the late evening of March 5, agents assigned to the Hebbronville Station apprehended 16 individuals who were hiding inside a storage container.  Agents discovered that the seal from the storage container’s door had been broken so the individuals could gain access and conceal themselves.  The individuals used a plastic strap to hold the door closed from the inside.

The individuals were determined to be in the United States illegally from the countries of Guatemala, Honduras, and Mexico.  All were taken into custody by the U.S. Border Patrol pending investigation.

This dangerous method of illegal entry into the United States can result in serious injury or death.  The Laredo Sector Border Patrol continues to warn against the dangers of people crossing illegally into the United States through dangerous and hazardous means.

Despite the ongoing global pandemic, U.S. Border Patrol agents of the Laredo Sector continue to stand at the ready to secure the nation’s borders, prevent the flow of illegal immigration, the exploitation by human smugglers, and the spread of COVID-19.

Help take a stand against these criminal organizations and potentially dangerous acts by reporting suspicious activity in our neighborhoods.  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, say something.


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Last modified: 
November 19, 2021