Border Patrol Reveals The ‘Ruthless Tactics’ Big Rig Human Smugglers Use to Avoid Detection

Laredo, TX – The crisis at America’s Southern border is worsening as Mexican cartels are ramping up the use of big rigs in human smuggling operations.

The United States Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) says these criminals are increasingly using “hazardous, dangerous and ruthless tactics” to smuggle people into America by tractor-trailer.


A common practice is packing people shoulder to shoulder into non-temperature controlled semi-trailers — locking them inside — while traveling in the sweltering Southern heat with temperatures often exceeding well over 100 degrees Fahrenheit.

Most often, those being smuggled have no access to food or water and become dehydrated and/or seriously ill.

Smugglers also go to great lengths to make sure their human cargo remain undetected by CBP.

A key element is masking the scent of those being smuggled as a way to trick border agents and K-9 officers.

In order to accomplish this, smugglers use toxic chemicals thereby exposing people to even more deadly conditions.

CBP says a commonly used chemical is calcium hydroxide which is used in industrial settings, such as sewage treatment, paper production, construction, and food processing.


Calcium hydroxide can severely irritate the skin and eyes or cause permanent eye damage.

Illegal migrants often find themselves covered from head to toe in High Calcium Hydrated Lime while smugglers also use industrial strength all purpose cleaner inside the semi-trailer to aid in eluding detection.

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CBP warns the ingestion of High Calcium Hydrated Lime can lead to potential poisoning and even death.

Additionally, CBP reports the use of an all purpose cleaner — called Fabuloso — can lead to health problems such as nose, throat, and lung irritation, sneezing, wheezing, dermatitis, difficulty breathing, and even asthma.

“The use of these chemicals is indicative of how smugglers view undocumented individuals, as a mere commodity,” the CBP recently stated.

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