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Twelve discovered in tractor-trailer in the Rio Grande Valley

Release Date: 
July 2, 2018

FALFURRIAS, Texas – Yesterday, U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Falfurrias Checkpoint arrested two United States citizens attempting to smuggle 12 illegal aliens inside a tractor-trailer.

K-9 alert leads to twelve discovered in tractor trailer
K-9 alert leads to twelve discovered in
tractor trailer

While conducting checkpoint operations, agents referred the tractor-trailer to the secondary area after receiving a Border Patrol K-9 alert. The inspection revealed 12 illegal aliens attempting to conceal themselves in the cargo. Agents offered medical attention to illegal aliens but all declined.

All subjects will be processed accordingly. The case is being referred for prosecution.

The Rio Grande Valley Sector currently has multiple campaigns focused on rescues and danger awareness, such as “Operation Big Rig” and “No Se Arriesgue” to combat smuggling and ultimately save lives. Call 911 to report suspicious activity; “They’re humans, not cargo!”   

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February 3, 2021