U.S. Trucker Busted in Large Human Smuggling Attempt, Claims He Was Offered $6,000
Laredo, TX – A trucker arrested this week after U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents discovered 40 people inside a refrigerated trailer says he was being paid $6,000.
On Monday, March 30, CBP says a blue Volvo tractor pulling a white refrigerated trailer approached the I-35 checkpoint north of Laredo.
After a K-9 alerted to the trailer for possible contraband, agents referred the big rig for a secondary inspection.
Instead, the truck’s driver, later identified in court documents as Larry Clink, who is a U.S. citizen, did not stop at the checkpoint and continued on.
CBP agents in the secondary area then pursued the tractor-trailer and pulled it over a short time later, according to an arrest affidavit.
Clink and a female passenger were escorted back to the secondary inspection area.
According to authorities, CBP agents then discovered Clink was smuggling 40 people, including one juvenile.
All those inside the trailer were deemed to be illegally present in the U.S. and from the countries of Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador.
According to court documents filed on Wednesday, Clink says he was being paid $6,000 to drop the trailer in San Antonio.
Authorities also said he confessed to having successfully completed a similar job two weeks prior in which he was compensated $5,000.
Clink is charged with transport, attempt to transport and conspire to transport immigrants who had entered the country illegally.
Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, CBP says it remains vigilant against human and drug smuggling into the U.S.