LAREDO, Texas – Over 30 Mexican and Central American citizens were located in a cold-storage tractor-trailer Wednesday night. The discovery was made at around 10:10 p.m. at the Interstate Highway 35 Checkpoint in Laredo, Texas when the Peterbilt Tractor-trailer attempted to pass through primary inspection.
The service canine alerted border patrol agents of possible narcotics or humans being smuggled in the vehicle that was heading into the United States. Agents sent the tractor trailer for a secondary search using the Vehicle and Cargo Inspection System, which does an x-ray scan of the vehicle contents.
Thirty-two people were located within the trailer portion of the vehicle and were freed from the cold temperatures by agents. “We are fortunate that our Border Patrol agents found these people in time to prevent possible serious injury and a loss of life. We ask the community to report suspicious activity. Together we can stop smugglers, who have no regard for human life, from exploiting these persons’ desperate desire to enter the Unites States,” said Chief Patrol Agent Mario Martinez.
The case was 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
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