U.S. Border Patrol Agents Thwart Alien Smuggling Attempt
LAREDO, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to Laredo South Station apprehended a large group of individuals that entered the country illegally in Laredo, Texas.
Late in the evening of January 14, agents were alerted to suspicious activity near the intersection of Green Street and North Smith Avenue. In collaboration with the Laredo Police Department, agents searched a tractor-trailer suspected of being utilized in a smuggling attempt parked in the area.
Agents found a total of 33 individuals hidden inside the trailer. All individuals were arrested and taken into custody, pending investigation. Immigration record checks revealed the individuals were illegally present in the United States and from the countries of Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, and China.
The tractor and trailer utilized in the alien smuggling attempt was seized by the United States Border Patrol.
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.
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 official ports of entry. CBP is charged with securing the borders of the United States while enforcing hundreds of laws and facilitating lawful trade and travel.