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Smugglers using big rig as human transporter arrested at checkpoint

Smugglers using big rig as human transporter arrested at checkpoint
More than a dozen undocumented individuals were found inside a tractor-trailer at a checkpoint in Laredo, Texas. (Courtesy: U.S. Customs and Border Patrol)

LAREDO, Texas – Agents with the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) intercepted a tractor-trailer human smuggling scheme on Nov. 11 at the Interstate 35 immigration checkpoint north of Laredo.

The incident occurred after the rig approached the I-35 immigration checkpoint and was flagged for further investigation, according to a CBP news release.

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 multiple individuals crammed inside the trailer.

A total of 14 undocumented individuals from Mexico and Guatemala were discovered and arrested, the news release stated.

All undocumented individuals, along with the driver, who is a U.S. citizen, were taken into custody to be processed accordingly.

 

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Smugglers using big rig as human transporter arrested at checkpoint

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