LAREDO, Texas – On June 15, 2017, Border Patrol agents assigned to the Freer Border Patrol Checkpoint located on Highway 59 encountered an express van 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 3 illegal aliens concealed in an aftermarket wooden cabinet that was inside the van. The 3 illegal aliens were determined to be from the country of Mexico. The driver, a United States Citizen was arrested.
“The disregard for human life in which these persons were subjected to and the inhumane conditions that they were placed in demonstrates how callous and heartless these smugglers can be,” said Laredo Sector Assistant Chief Patrol Agent Gabriel Acosta.
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