Laredo Border Patrol Agents rescue 33 illegal aliens in tractor trailer

Posted at 10:47 AM, Apr 11, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-11 11:47:54-04

Border Patrol Agents at the Interstate 35 checkpoint near Laredo  encountered a tractor-trailer at the primary inspection lane yesterday, and sent the driver to secondary inspection after a Border Patrol canine alerted to the vehicle. 

According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, agents discovered 33 illegal aliens inside the trailer.  All were found in good health and identified as being from the countries of Mexico and Honduras. 

“These criminal organizations view these individuals as mere commodities without regard for their safety.  The blatant disregard for human life will not be tolerated.  We will continue to work with our law enforcement partners to disrupt and dismantle these organizations and prosecute those responsible,” said Laredo Sector Assistant Chief Patrol Agent Gabriel Acosta.

The driver, a United States Citizen, was arrested and the tractor-trailer was seized by Border Patrol.