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Laredo Sector Border Patrol Agents Apprehend 13 Illegal Aliens Inside the Sleeper Cabin of a Tractor Trailer

Release Date: 
September 29, 2018

LAREDO, Texas – Laredo Sector Border Patrol agents assigned to the Laredo North Station intercept 13 inside the sleeper cabin of a tractor trailer.

On today’s date, agents at the Border Patrol Checkpoint on Interstate Highway 35, north of Laredo, Texas encountered a tractor-trailer at the primary inspection lane.  While conducting an immigration inspection, agents noticed the sleeper curtain was closed and requested consent from the driver to open the curtain.  After the driver opened the curtain, 13 illegal aliens were discovered sitting on the bed of the sleeper.

Border Patrol agents discover 13 aliens hidden in tractor sleeper cab at IH-35 checkpoint
Laredo Sector Border Patrol agents discover
13 aliens hidden in a tractor sleeper cab at the
Interstate 35 checkpoint.

The 13 illegal aliens were found in good health and identified as being from the countries of Mexico and Brazil.  The driver, a United States citizen, was arrested and the tractor-trailer was seized by Border Patrol.  Homeland Security Investigations is the lead investigative agency in this case.

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