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U.S. Border Patrol Agents Thwart Alien Smuggling Attempt

Release Date: 
January 15, 2020

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.

A group of 33 illegal aliens from Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras and China hidden in the back of a tractor trailer discovered by Border patrol agents in collaboration with Laredo Police.
A group of 33 illegal aliens from Mexico, Guatemala,
Honduras and China were discovered within a
trailer encountered by Border Patrol agents working
in collaboration with Laredo Police.

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.

Last modified: 
February 3, 2021