FALFURRIAS, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents from the Rio Grande Valley Sector rescued 35 people concealed in a 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.
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 the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.