Border Patrol officers discover five undocumented migrants hiding in a tractor-trailer at a checkpoint on the highway near the US-Mexico border in Texas
- US Customs and Border Protection has announced that five migrants have been detained after being found in a truck in Laredo, Texas, on Monday.
- The individuals were smuggled into a tractor-trailer when the vehicle was stopped on US Highway 35 north of Laredo on Monday.
- X-rays detected the individuals – all residents of Mexico – hiding behind a set of storage boxes
- The migrants were taken into custody and processed. DailyMail.com could not confirm whether they were immediately expelled to Mexico
During a roadside inspection near the United States-Mexico border in Texas, at least five migrants were found hiding in a rented truck, US Customs and Border Protection said.
Agents from the Laredo Sector of the US Border Patrol checked a tractor-trailer on US Highway 35 north of Laredo, Texas on Monday evening and discovered anomalies in the cargo hold.
U.S. Border Patrol agents x-rayed the truck and cargo container and saw five migrants — all Mexican natives — crowding behind storage boxes.
Five undocumented migrants from Mexico were found in a rented truck after the vehicle was stopped on Monday by US Border Patrol agents in Laredo, Texas.
CBP said officers at the checkpoint scanned the vehicle and found the migrants
According to Deputy Head Carl Landrum, 87 grams of marijuana were seized from the cabin.
DailyMail.com could not confirm whether the migrants were immediately expelled to Mexico and whether the driver was arrested.
“People smugglers still don’t care about the health and safety of the people they exploit because they are treated as commodities for profit. Vehicles such as box trucks are increasingly being used to bypass checkpoints to violate US immigration laws,” the Dutch DPA said in a statement. “The Laredo Sector’s agents are focused on the agency’s continued mission priorities, which are counter-terrorism, combating cross-border crime, securing the border, facilitating legal trade and travel, and protecting revenue.”
Data provided to DailyMail.com by Laredo Sector Border Patrol of the US Customs and Border Protection shows that arrests of undocumented migrants smuggled into trucks have nearly tripled in the current fiscal year.
On Monday, a rental car was used during a thwarted smuggling attempt by five migrants from Mexico
According to Laredo Sector deputy chief Carl Landrum, a total of 87 grams of marijuana was seized from the cabin.
Laredo Sector agents assigned to several Texas highway checkpoints arrested 6,592 people on Tuesday. The current fiscal year runs from October 1, 2020 to September 30, 2021.
By comparison, border officials detained 2,300 migrants in the past fiscal year.
The Laredo sector is responsible for 136 southwestern border miles along the Rio Grande River between Mexico and the United States.
Laredo Sector agents are in charge of the country’s ‘busiest’ checkpoint, inspecting ‘10,000 to 12,000 vehicles’. The route is used by criminal organizations to smuggle migrants directly from Mexico or Laredo to the rest of the country.
“They’re trying to disguise themselves from the heavy traffic here,” Jaime Fierro, Laredo Sector North Station patrol officer, recently told DailyMail.com. ‘This makes it easy to get involved in traffic and take advantage of it. We’re looking at about 10,000 to 12,000 vehicles passing through this checkpoint every day – 65 percent of which are commercial trucks. So we’re looking for a needle in a haystack.’
The CBP’s latest monthly report found that U.S. Border Patrol agents stopped 188,829 individuals attempting to cross the United States along the southwestern border in June, a five percent increase from May, when 180,034 migrants were found.
Figures released Friday show 188,829 migrants were found on the southern border in June, even more than customs and border police saw in May