Two U.S. Truckers and More Than 150 Migrants Arrested in Big Rig Smuggling Busts
Laredo, TX – Two truckers along with more than 150 illegal immigrants were arrested over a 24-hour period last week by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) during separate incidents.
According to CBP, the first incident occurred shortly after midnight on May 28, when a tractor hauling a tanker trailer approached the checkpoint on Highway 83.
During primary inspection, a Service canine alerted to the conveyance and agents referred it to secondary inspection.
CBP reported that a non-intrusive scan revealed over 50 individuals inside the tanker.
All were in the U.S. illegally and nationals of Mexico.
CBP did not identify the driver but did confirm he is a U.S. citizen.
He was taken into custody along with the individuals involved in the smuggling attempt.
The second incident occurred the next morning when a commercial tractor-trailer approached the checkpoint on Interstate 35.
During the immigration inspection, a Service canine alerted to the vehicle.
CBP said the driver was referred to secondary inspection but disregarded the directions and drove north on I-35.
Agents then quickly stopped the vehicle near the 31 mile-marker on I-35 and discovered over 100 individuals inside the trailer.
All the individuals were in the U.S. illegally and from the countries of Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, Ecuador, and the Dominican Republic.
Again, the driver is a U.S. citizen, CBP reported.
He was arrested along with the other individuals pending further investigation.