Human Smuggling Operation Derailed After Big Rig Gets Stuck on Railroad Tracks
Laredo, TX – U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) agents discovered nearly two dozen individuals being smuggled in a tractor-trailer after the rig became stuck on railroad tracks north of Laredo this week.
According to CBP, the discovery was made on the morning of Monday, August 3.
Agents assigned to the Laredo North Station responded to assist Webb County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) deputies with a white tractor-trailer that was stuck on the railroad tracks near Interstate Highway 35, mile marker 14.
As WCSO deputies were investigating the situation they found 23 individuals inside the trailer.
Upon arrival, CBP agents conducted an immigration inspection on the 23 individuals and were each determined to be illegally in the United States from the countries of Mexico and Honduras.
They were subsequently taken into custody by U.S. Border Patrol.
The truck driver, a U.S. citizen, was arrested by WCSO pending investigation.
Union Pacific Railroad Police took custody of the tractor-trailer, CBP reported.
According to CBP, big rig human smuggling continues to surge despite the hot temperatures and COVID-19 cross-border travel restrictions.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security recently put out a call to action urging anyone who witnesses suspicious activity to alert local authorities.