LAREDO, Texas – On July 14, 2018, Freer Border Patrol Agents responded to a concerned citizen’s report of a single vehicle accident on Highway 44 near Freer, Texas. Upon arriving on scene, agents discovered a blue Chevrolet Silverado that appeared to have struck a guardrail and was heavily damaged. A search of the vehicle revealed it had been abandoned, but agents noticed foot sign of several individuals leading into a ranch.
Agents proceeded to search the immediate area and discovered a tan Ford F-250 abandoned inside the property. After an exhaustive search for the occupants of the abandoned vehicles, agents located and arrested 96 illegal aliens. The illegal aliens were found in good health and were identified as being from the countries of Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Ecuador and Brazil. All subjects were processed accordingly. Both vehicles were turned over to the Texas Department of Public Safety.
“The men and women of the United States Border Patrol remain determined in disrupting illicit activity along our border. Through our combined enforcement efforts, we will continue to deny criminal organizations the ability to operate,” said Laredo Sector Acting Chief Patrol Agent Jason D. Owens.
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 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.