LAREDO, Texas – Border Patrol agents assigned to checkpoint operations on Interstate 35 rescued more than 100 illegal aliens after disrupting two smuggling attempts in the span of five hours.
The first incident occurred on Sunday, September 23, just after 9:30 p.m. While performing an immigration inspection on the occupants of a tractor-trailer, agents discovered 65 illegal aliens being smuggled in the trailer. The temperature inside the trailer was over 90 degrees when the aliens were encountered, but all were found to be in good health.
The second incident happened around 2:30 a.m. on Monday, September 24. After referring a tractor-trailer to secondary inspection, agents found 49 illegal aliens being smuggled in the trailer. The trailer was refrigerated, and the temperature inside was 59 degrees when the illegal aliens were found. None of the subjects required medical attention.
In all, 114 illegal aliens were taken into custody.
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.
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 official ports of entry. CBP is charged with securing the borders of the United States while enforcing hundreds of laws and facilitating lawful trade and travel.