LAREDO, Texas – On October 20, 2017, agents at the Border Patrol Checkpoint on Highway 359, near Hebbronville, Texas encountered a white Ford box truck at the primary lane. The driver was questioned regarding his immigration status and was referred for further inspection after a Border Patrol canine alerted to the presence of concealed humans and/or narcotics. A further search of the vehicle resulted in the rescue of four illegal aliens concealed inside the cargo area of the truck without a means to exit without assistance. The four illegal aliens were determined to be from the country of Mexico. The driver, a United States citizen, was referred for prosecution.
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.