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Utility Truck Used to Smuggle Illegal Aliens

Release Date: 
December 7, 2020

FALFURRIAS, Texas – Checkpoint agents rescue three subjects locked inside utility truck.

Friday evening at the Falfurrias Border Patrol Checkpoint, a utility truck arrived for an immigration inspection of its occupants. Agents identified several inconsistencies with the driver’s story and asked the driver for consent to search the vehicle.  During the secondary inspection, agents noticed several discrepancies with the vehicle.  Upon further inspection, three individuals were discovered concealed inside the cargo area.  Furthermore, the cargo door was secured by an unlocked padlock, preventing any means to escape in the event of an emergency.  All three subjects were found to be illegally present in the United States. All subjects were medically evaluated and did not require further medical attention.

Border Patrol processed all subjects accordingly.  

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!”   

The public is encouraged to take a stand against crime in their communities and report suspicious activity at 800-863-9382

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Last modified: 
February 3, 2021