SIERRA BLANCA, Texas– Border Patrol Agents apprehended 13 subjects being smuggled in the sleeper cabin of a tractor-trailer.
“This smuggling attempt reflects what little regard for life these human smugglers have,” Big Bend Sector Chief Patrol Agent Matthew Hudak said. “Our agents’ vigilance, training, and experience were vital in detecting and apprehending these individuals and prosecuting the smuggler.”
On October 22, at approximately 4:30 a.m., while agents were conducting an immigration inspection on the driver of a tractor-trailer at the Sierra Blanca Checkpoint, a canine alerted on the truck. Upon referral to a secondary inspection area, agents discovered 13 individuals attempting to conceal themselves inside the sleeper cabin area of the truck.
It was determined that all of the subjects were illegally present in the United States and were citizens of Ecuador, Mexico, and Honduras. All of the smuggled aliens were processed according to applicable immigration laws. The case was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) El Paso, Texas. The driver and passenger were determined to be United States citizens and are being charged with alien smuggling, a felony.
Big Bend Sector Border Patrol agents patrol 517 miles of the southwest border that extends from Sierra Blanca, Texas to Sanderson, Texas.The Sierra Blanca Station area of responsibility consists of more than half of Hudspeth County or about 2500 square miles. The station is responsible for 73 border miles between the U.S. and Mexico.More than 10,000 vehicles travel through the Sierra Blanca checkpoint on a daily basis.
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