LAREDO, Texas – On Dec. 28, Border Patrol agents rescued a 5-year-old child and arrested two adult females as they attempted to smuggle the child through the Border Patrol Checkpoint on Interstate Highway 35, north of Laredo.
Border Patrol agents encountered a maroon Ford F-150 pick-up truck at the primary inspection lane. The driver and passengers were questioned regarding their immigration status and were referred for further inspection after a Border Patrol canine alerted to the presence of concealed humans and/or narcotics. Upon further inspection, Border Patrol agents determined a 5-year-old passenger, a Mexican National, was being smuggled into the United States. The driver, an adult United States Citizen, and passenger, an adult Mexican National, were arrested and the vehicle was seized by Border Patrol.
The Laredo Sector Border Patrol will continue to warn against the dangers of people crossing illegally into the United States through dangerous environmental conditions. Our Border Safety Initiative (BSI) is a humanitarian, bi-national strategy designed to reduce illegal alien deaths, educate and inform potential illegal aliens of the dangers and hazards of crossing the border illegally, and to respond to those who are in life-threatening situations.
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.