LAREDO, Texas – On July 8, 2017, Laredo North Border Patrol agents assigned to the Border Patrol Checkpoint on Interstate Highway 35 encountered a tractor trailer at the primary inspection lane. The driver was questioned regarding his immigration status and was referred to secondary for further inspection.
A closer inspection of the tractor-trailer resulted in the rescue of 33 illegal aliens inside the locked trailer. The 33 illegal aliens were determined to be from the countries of Mexico and Guatemala. The driver, a United States Citizen, was arrested.
“These criminal organizations view these individuals as mere commodities without regard for their safety. The blatant disregard for human life will not be tolerated. We will continue to work with our law enforcement partners to disrupt and dismantle these organizations and prosecute those responsible,” said Laredo Sector Assistant Chief Patrol Agent Gabriel Acosta.