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Border Patrol rescues several people during train checks

Posted at 1:43 PM, Dec 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-14 14:43:10-05

HEBBRONVILLE, TEXAS — The U.S. Border Patrol agents from the Hebbronville Station rescued several individuals traveling on freight trains in two separate incidents within hours of each other.

The first incident occurred shortly after midnight on December 12, during a freight train inspection. Agents located 12 people trapped inside two separate grain hopper train cars with no way of escaping.

The second incident occurred later that morning when 11 individuals locked in a grain hopper train car were rescued during another freight train inspection.

All individuals were medically screened and eventually determined to be in the United States illegally from the countries of Mexico and Guatemala.

None of the people rescued were wearing any personal protective equipment and they were traveling in close quarters.

To report suspicious activity such as alien and/or drug smuggling, download the “USBP Laredo Sector” App or contact the Laredo Sector Border Patrol toll-free at 1-800-343-1994.