LAREDO, Texas – Laredo Sector Border Patrol agents intercepted a tractor trailer human smuggling scheme at the I-35 immigration checkpoint north of Laredo.
The incident occurred during the late morning of Nov. 11, when a tractor-trailer approached the I-35 immigration checkpoint. During an immigration inspection of the driver and passenger, a service canine alerted prompting agents to refer the driver to secondary inspection. While searching the tractor-trailer, agents discovered individuals crammed inside the trailer.
A total of 14 undocumented individuals from the countries of Mexico and Guatemala were discovered and arrested. All undocumented individuals along with the driver, a U.S. citizen, were taken into custody to be processed accordingly.
We also continue to work with other governments, to ensure we deliver a strong message that our borders are not open, and to facilitate the return of their citizens or those with legal status in other countries.
Laredo Sector Border Patrol partners with many local and state law enforcement entities to keep our border communities safe. If you see something suspicious, report it by contacting our 24/7 hotline at 1-800-343-1994. Together, we can continue to uphold national security and combat illicit activity.
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.