LAREDO, TEXAS—On Dec. 18, U. S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Zapata Station rescued 10 undocumented immigrants in a human smuggling attempt. Agents working roving patrol duties in San Ygnacio encountered a 2003 F-350 truck pulling an empty trailer. Border Patrol agents then conducted a vehicle stop on the truck in order to conduct an immigration inspection.
In the course of the inspection, agents noticed potential modifications to the underside of the trailer. Shortly thereafter, a total of 10 subjects were found concealed inside. The driver, identified as a 43-year-old Cuban man, was placed under arrest. The 10 subjects, all from Mexico, were processed accordingly.
The case has been turned over to Homeland Security Investigations for further investigation.
To report suspicious activity such as drug and/or alien smuggling, contact the Laredo Sector Border Patrol toll free telephone number 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 the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.