LAREDO, TEXAS – Border Patrol agents, with assistance from the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS), prevented a human smuggling attempt and recovered a stolen vehicle after a bailout in south Laredo.
The incident occurred during the afternoon of August 10, when agents conducted a records check of a white pickup truck traveling on Mines Road. After receiving information that the vehicle was stolen, agents attempted a vehicle stop. The driver failed to yield and continued to travel south. DPS air support advised agents that the vehicle was traveling east on Loop 20 and eventually turned onto Clark Boulevard with DPS in pursuit.
The vehicle came to an abrupt stop at the intersection of Market Street and Logan Avenue where the occupants bailed out and attempted to abscond into the local area. Agents and DPS troopers apprehended 13 individuals, including the U.S. citizen driver. The other 12 individuals were determined to be illegally present in the United States from the country of Mexico. The driver was arrested by DPS pending state prosecution. The rest were taken into custody by the U.S. Border Patrol. DPS recovered the stolen vehicle.
Despite the threat of the global pandemic, smugglers continue to endanger the lives of individuals they exploit and the health and safety of our Nation. By collaboratively working with their law enforcement partners, Laredo Sector agents continue their commitment to protect our communities, stem the flow of illegal immigration, and slow the spread of COVID-19. Laredo Sector agents’ Core Values are to maintain Vigilance while providing Service with Integrity.
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. 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.