U.S. Trucker Arrested After 126 People Found in Reefer Trailer
Laredo, TX – U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) agents arrested a trucker last week in connection with a dangerous human smuggling operation.
According to CBP, the incident occurred during the early morning hours of January 6, when a commercial refrigerated tractor-trailer approached the Interstate Highway 35 (I-35) checkpoint.
A Service canine alerted to the vehicle during inspection.
CBP indicated the driver was referred to secondary, but disregarded agents’ instructions and continued to exit the checkpoint onto I-35 traveling northbound.
Agents then pursued the big rig and proceeded to perform a stop north of the checkpoint.
Authorities escorted the tractor-trailer back to the checkpoint where a search revealed 126 individuals inside the reefer trailer.
“None of the individuals were wearing personal protective equipment (PPE),” the CBP stated. “They were all medically screened and provided PPE.”
The individuals were determined to be in the U.S. illegally from the countries of Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, and Ecuador.
They were placed under arrest along with the driver, a U.S. citizen, pending further investigation by Special Agents of Homeland Security Investigations.
The U.S. Border Patrol seized both the tractor and trailer.