Traffic Stop Leads to Border Patrol Apprehension of Human Smugglers
LAREDO, Texas – A traffic stop by Border Patrol agents resulted in the apprehension of human smugglers north of Laredo.
In the late afternoon of June 10, agents assigned to the Laredo North Station were alerted to a suspicious white sports utility vehicle (SUV) whose occupants were attempting to cut the gate locks into a ranch. Agents responded and conducted a vehicle stop on the SUV.
Agents discovered 10 individuals from Mexico and El Salvador who were in the country illegally. The individuals along with the driver and two other passengers, all U.S. citizens, were taken into custody pending investigation. The SUV was seized by the U.S. Border Patrol.
Despite the threat of the COVID-19 pandemic, smugglers continue to endanger the lives of individuals they exploit and the health and safety of our Nation. U.S. Border Patrol agents strive to prevent the flow of illegal immigration and slow 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.