LAREDO, TEXAS – Working together with Homeland Security Investigations and Webb County Constables Precinct 2 deputies, Laredo Sector Border Patrol shuts down a stash house in south Laredo.
The incident occurred during the late afternoon of December 9, when agents acted on information of suspicious activity at a home on Seymour Avenue. A consensual search of the residence resulted in the discovery of 36 individuals.
All of the individuals were medically screened at the scene. Most of the individuals were not wearing any personal protective equipment (PPE). They were determined to be illegally in the United States and from the country of Mexico, Guatemala, and Nicaragua. Special Agents of Homeland Security Investigations took them into custody pending investigation.
Despite a noted increase in COVID-19 infections among detainees, the smuggling and housing of large groups of individuals in stash houses without PPE not only endangers the people being smuggled, but the safety of our Nation. The Laredo Sector is made up of agents who partner with their law enforcement counterparts to meet the agency’s Enduring Mission Priorities of countering terrorism, combatting transnational crime, securing the border, and facilitating lawful trade and travel while protecting revenue.
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. If you see something, please say something. You can also follow us on our social media platforms on Twitter and Instagram @usbpchieflrt and @usbpdepchieflrt and on Facebook at US Border Patrol Laredo Sector.
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.