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Rio Grande Valley Agents rescue 14 immigrants trapped in trailer

Release Date: 
October 5, 2016

FALFURRIAS, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents rescued 14 people from a tractor trailer atthe Falfurrias Checkpoint on Highway 281

Falfurrias agents discover illegal immigrants in onion shipment
Falfurrias agents discover illegal
immigrants in onion shipment

Tuesday evening.

The tractor trailer was referred for secondary inspection following a canine alert, at which time, agents discovered 14 people concealed among bags of onions.  The subjects had no means of escape and agents had to assist them in exiting the trailer. The undocumented immigrants were offered medical attention but only one required medical treatment. 

The driver and passenger, both Lawfully Admitted Permanent Residents from El Salvador, were arrested and referred for prosecution. 

RGV Sector urges immigrants not to jeopardize their lives by illegally entering the United States or by attempting to circumvent a checkpoint. The public is encouraged to take a stand against crime in their communities and to help save lives by reporting suspicious activity at 800-863-9382.

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Last modified: 
February 3, 2021