Multiple Agencies Collaborate to Stop a Human Smuggling Scheme
LAREDO, TEXAS – Multiple law enforcement agencies, including two stations from the U.S. Border Patrol, combined efforts and stopped a human smuggling scheme in Freer, Texas.
The incident began on the early morning hours of December 1, when deputies from the Jim Hogg Sheriff’s Office (JHCSO) engaged in a vehicle pursuit with a minivan northbound on Texas State Highway 16 toward Freer. The Hebbronville Border Patrol Station notified the Freer Station (FRR) of the pursuit. Agents responded to assist along with deputies of the Duval County Sheriff’s Office and the Freer Police Department. The minivan was successfully stopped when it entered the town of Freer. Investigation revealed that the driver and a front seat passenger, both U.S. citizens, were transporting seven individuals who were in the country illegally from Mexico, Guatemala, and Honduras. They were all placed under arrest. JHCSO deputies took custody of the two U.S. citizens on state charges and seized the minivan. The seven individuals being smuggled were taken into custody by FRR agents to be processed accordingly.
This incident highlights how cooperation between multiple law enforcement agencies in our communities leads to the interdiction of criminal activity and successful prosecution of violators of the law. U.S. Border Patrol agents of the Laredo Sector will continue to form resilient partnerships with their law enforcement counterparts to keep our Nation and communities safe as they focus on the agency’s strategic objectives to stem the flow of illegal immigration and stop the spread of COVID-19.
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 @usbpdepchieflrt and on Facebook at US Border Patrol Laredo Sector.
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