LAREDO, Texas – Laredo Sector Border Patrol agents assigned to the Interstate Highway 35 checkpoint stopped a human smuggling attempt involving a tractor-trailer.
The incident occurred on the evening of March 30, when agents intercepted a tractor-trailer at primary inspection lane. During an immigration inspection of the driver, a Service canine alerted to the vehicle, prompting agents to refer the driver to secondary inspection. Agents proceeded to do a search of the trailer which revealed more than 100 individuals found inside. The individuals were from the countries of Mexico, Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala hiding inside. All subjects were taken into custody for further investigation.
Despite the threat of the COVID-19 pandemic, smugglers continue to endanger the lives of individuals they exploit and the health and safety of our Nation. It is the mission of U.S. Border Patrol agents to protect the American people, safeguard our borders, and enhance the Nation’s economic prosperity. Laredo Sector agents’ Core Values are to maintain Vigilance as they provide Service with Integrity.
Help us take a stand against criminal smuggling organizations by reporting suspicious activity to the Laredo Sector Border Patrol toll free at 1-800-343-1994.