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250 People Freed as Border Patrols BUSTS Multiple Human Smuggling Operations…

WHAT WE KNOW:

CBP in Texas stopped multiple human smuggling events involving 250+ people.  Border Patrol el Centro sector found 24 people hidden in small trailers and Border Patrol south Texas found 230 people in multiple tractor-trailers

IN EL CENTRO SECTOR:

The incident occurred at approximately 11:35 a.m., when two men driving two separate trucks approached the checkpoint. The first man, driving a blue Ford F350, hauling a white toy hauler trailer, was questioned first by an agent. The driver told the agent that he was traveling with person driving the white Ford F250 also hauling a white toy hauler behind him. While Border Patrol agents were conducting their investigation on the drivers during primary inspection, a Border Patrol canine detection team alerted to the toy haulers.  Both drivers were referred to secondary for further inspection.

During secondary inspection, Border Patrol agents inspected the toy haulers and discovered 24 illegal aliens concealed inside. Agents safely removed all the subjects and conducted welfare checks.

Additionally, one of the drivers admitted to having cocaine for personal use and a handgun legally registered to his name.

Both drivers, 30 and 35-year-old United States citizens, the 24 illegal aliens, which included 22 adult men and 2 adult women, were placed under arrest. The vehicles, toy haulers, a loaded .40 caliber Springfield XC handgun and .65 grams of cocaine were seized.

The drivers were processed administratively for 8 USC 1324, Alien Smuggling. All 24 illegal aliens were repatriated back to Mexico.

IN SOUTH TEXAS:

LAREDO, TEXAS During a busy weekend, Laredo Sector Border Patrol stopped three human smuggling attempts at its checkpoints and apprehended 230 individuals.

Beginning on February 19 through February 22, human smugglers attempted to use tractor-trailers to smuggle people from the countries of Brazil, Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras through different Laredo Sector checkpoints.  In each incident, the vigilance of agents, along with Service canines, foiled these attempts.  All the concealed individuals were found to be illegally present in the U.S.

In all three events, the individuals, along with the drivers, all U.S. citizens, were placed under arrest pending further investigation.  U.S. Border Patrol seized the tractors and trailers.

Most of the individuals were not wearing any personal protective equipment (PPE).  They were all medically screened and provided PPE.  None required medical attention.

Despite the threat of the COVID-19 pandemic, smugglers continue to show little or no regard for the safety of our Nation by indiscriminately smuggling criminals and convicted felons into the country.  Laredo Sector Border Patrol agents will continue to keep our country and communities safe from dangerous criminals as they strive to uphold the agency’s Core Values of Vigilance, Service, and Integrity.

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