100 People Arrested in Two Big Rig Human Smuggling Busts
Laredo, TX – U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) agents apprehended a large number of illegal aliens and seized a sizable amount of narcotics in two big rig human smuggling busts this week.
The first of the two busts happened late in the evening of January 14.
Agents assigned to Laredo South Station were alerted to suspicious activity near the intersection of Green Street and North Smith Avenue.
In collaboration with the Laredo Police Department, agents then searched a tractor-trailer suspected of being utilized in a smuggling attempt parked in the area.
CBP says agents found a total of 33 individuals hidden inside the trailer.
All individuals were arrested and taken into custody, pending investigation.
Immigration record checks revealed the individuals were illegally present in the United States and from the countries of Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, and China.
The tractor and trailer utilized in the alien smuggling attempt was seized, CBP says.
75 Illegal Aliens Apprehended in Second Big Rig Human Smuggling Bust
The second bust this week occurred in the early morning hours of Wednesday, January 15.
Laredo Sector Border Patrol agents observed a tractor-trailer turn off U.S. Highway 59 on to Farm-to-Market Road 2050, several miles southwest of Freer, TX.
When agents attempted to perform a vehicle stop, the driver tried to abscond by continuing to travel several miles.
The tractor-trailer eventually crashed through a ranch fence.
As agents approached the vehicle, investigators say several individuals fled into the nearby brush.
Border Patrol agents working with a CBP Air and Marine helicopter pursued them and apprehended a total of 75 individuals.
Immigration checks revealed that the individuals were in the country illegally and from the countries of Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka.
Agents also discovered 19 bundles of marijuana in the cab of the semi-truck that weighed approximately 327.02 lbs. with an approximate street value of $261,732.80.
The United States Border Patrol seized the tractor-trailer and turned over the marijuana to the Drug Enforcement Administration.
It is unclear at this time if the drivers of the trucks will be charged.
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