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Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol agents rescue 35 people at Falfurrias Checkpoint

Release Date: 
April 28, 2015

FALFURRIAS, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents from the Rio Grande Valley Sector rescued 35 people concealed in aBorder Patrol Agents discovered 35 subjects hidden in trailer tractor-trailer early Sunday morning. 

The rescue occurred when a man, who is a United States citizen, approached the Falfurrias Border Patrol Checkpoint on U.S. Highway 281 North in a tractor-trailer. During an immigration inspection, a service K-9 alerted to the tractor-trailer. Upon further inspection, agents found 35 undocumented aliens locked inside the trailer. All subjects were offered medical attention but declined. The driver of the tractor-trailer was arrested on alien smuggling charges.

The case was referred to the RGV Sector Prosecutions Office and the vehicle involved was seized by Border Patrol. 

The Rio Grande Valley Sector is part of the South Texas Corridor, which leverages federal, state and local resources to combat transnational criminal organizations. To report suspicious activity, call the sector’s toll-free telephone number at 800-863-9382.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017