LAREDO, Texas – On July 14, 2018, Laredo North Agents assigned to the Border Patrol Checkpoint located on Interstate Highway 35 interdicted a smuggling case involving 41 illegal aliens. The event transpired after the driver of the tractor trailer was questioned regarding his immigration status at the primary inspection lane. The driver of the tractor trailer consented to a non-intrusive inspection utilizing the x-ray machine, which detected several anomalies.
Upon further inspection, Border Patrol agents discovered 41 illegal aliens inside the trailer. The illegal aliens were found in good health and were identified as being from the countries of Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras. The driver, a United States citizen, was arrested. All subjects were processed accordingly.
“The men and women of the United States Border Patrol remain determined in disrupting illicit activity along our border. Through our combined enforcement efforts, we will continued to deny criminal organizations the ability to operate,” said Laredo Sector Acting Chief Patrol Agent Jason D. Owens.
To report suspicious activity such as alien and/or drug smuggling, contact the Laredo Sector Border Patrol toll free at 1-800-343-1994.
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.