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US Border Patrol agents intercept tractor trailer human smuggling scheme

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.