LAREDO, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents from the Laredo West Station stopped a human smuggling attempt at the Highway 83 checkpoint, northwest of Laredo.
The incident occurred during the early morning of January 30, when a tractor trailer approached the checkpoint. A Service canine alerted to the tractor trailer during an immigration inspection of the driver, which was then referred to secondary for further inspection. A search inside the trailer revealed 42 individuals.
None of the individuals were wearing personal protective equipment (PPE). They were all medically screened and provided PPE. They were determined to be in the United States illegally from the countries of Mexico and Guatemala. They were placed under arrest along with the driver, a U.S. citizen, pending further investigation by Special Agents of Homeland Security Investigations. The U.S. Border Patrol seized both the tractor and trailer.
Human smugglers continue to have no regard for the safety and health of the people they exploit for profit. With a noted increase in COVID-19 infections among detainees, the transporting of large groups of people without PPE in close dangerous quarters endangers the individuals as well as the safety of our Nation. The Laredo Sector of the U.S. Border Patrol focuses on its enduring mission priorities of countering terrorism, combating transnational crime, securing the border, facilitating lawful trade, protecting revenue, and facilitating lawful travel.
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 on Facebook at US Border Patrol Laredo Sector.