LAREDO, Texas – On June 8, 2018, agents assigned to the Laredo South Border Patrol Station responded to a report of illegal activity near the Riverhill Subdivision in Laredo, Texas. Upon entering the neighborhood, Border Patrol Agents encountered a white GMC Sonoma in which eight illegal aliens were attempting to hide in the bed of the truck.
The driver of the vehicle, a United States Citizen, attempted to abscond on foot but was quickly apprehended and placed under arrest. The eight illegal aliens were found in good health and identified as being from the country of Mexico.
The case was referred to Homeland Security Investigations.
“These criminal organizations view these individuals as mere commodities without regard for their safety. The blatant disregard for human life will not be tolerated. We will continue to work with our law enforcement partners to disrupt and dismantle these organizations and prosecute those responsible,” said Laredo Sector Assistant Chief Patrol Agent Gabriel Acosta.
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.