Dozens Arrested in Three More Big Rig Human Smuggling Busts Last Weekend
Edinburgh, TX – U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) agents disrupted three big rig human smuggling attempts and arrested thirty-seven individuals last weekend.
CBP says on Friday evening, January 17, agents at the Falfurrias checkpoint referred a semi tractor-trailer to secondary inspection after a Border Patrol K-9 alerted to the trailer.
At secondary inspection, agents discovered 11 illegal aliens inside the trailer hidden between pallets of flour.
Agents determined the 11 subjects were from the countries of Honduras, El Salvador, and Mexico.
All subjects were taken into custody, CBP says.
Then on Sunday evening, January 19, Kingsville agents working at the Javier Vega Jr. checkpoint referred a tractor-trailer for secondary inspection after a Border Patrol K-9 alerted to the trailer.
Agents searched the trailer and discovered nine illegal aliens attempting to conceal themselves within crates of produce.
Agents arrested all the subjects and escorted them to the station for processing, CBP says.
During processing, agents determined the subjects were from the countries of Mexico and El Salvador.
The following morning, agents working at the Falfurrias checkpoint referred a tractor-trailer for secondary inspection after a Border Patrol K-9 alerted.
Agents searched the trailer and discovered 17 people attempting to enter the U.S illegally.
Agents arrested the driver and escorted all the subjects to the station for processing.
These three thwarted human smuggling attempts come on the heels of two more major busts just last week.
In those operations, CBP agents in Laredo discovered more than one hundred people attempting to evade officials by concealing themselves inside semi-trailers.
Officials also discovered 19 bundles of marijuana in the cab of one of the semi-trucks that weighed approximately 327.02 lbs. with an approximate street value of $261,732.80.
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Transportation Nation Network (TNN) has reached out to CBP and is awaiting information regarding the citizenship status and pending charges against each of the truck drivers involved in these incidents.