Border Patrol K-9 leads agents to more than 50 migrants hidden in a tank trailer near the United States-Mexico border in Texas
- US Customs and Border Protection said Laredo sector agents found more than 50 migrants being transported in a tanker last Friday
- Border Patrol agents were conducting a checkpoint on Highway 83 in Laredo, Texas, when they deployed a K-9 to search the tank trailer
- The migrants – all residents of Mexico – and the driver, a citizen of the United States, were arrested
- Agents of the Laredo Sector Border Patrol have detained at least 5,300 migrants from more than 165 trucks since 1 October 2020
- By comparison, between October 1, 2019 and September 30, 2020, agents detained 2,300 migrants
A Border Patrol K-9 helped agents discover more than 50 migrants hiding in a tank trailer at a traffic stop in Texas, the US Customs and Border Protection reported.
CBP said a team of border agents assigned to the Laredo sector was working Friday at a checkpoint on Highway 83 when a truck driver transporting a tanker trailer was stopped.
A sniffer dog inspected the trailer and led border patrol officers to the tanker. When the officers subjected the driver, a US citizen, to a secondary inspection, they found the individuals huddled together.
The US border police detained the driver and the migrants, all of whom were identified as residents of Mexico.
Border patrol officers assigned to the Laredo sector of U.S. Customs and Border Protection arrested more than 50 Mexican nationals on Friday who were being transferred to a tanker in Laredo, Texas.
Migrants sit on the side of a road as others get out of the tanker they were traveling in before U.S. Border Patrol agents in Laredo, Texas, ordered the driver to stop for an inspection. More than 50 migrants – all from Mexico – and the driver, a US citizen, were arrested
The CBP did not say whether the migrants in the truck had been smuggled across the border or whether they were already in the United States and being transferred to another city.
“People smugglers still have no regard for the safety and health of the people they exploit for profit,” the Dutch DPA’s Laredo Sector said in a statement.
“The Laredo Sector’s agents are focused on the agency’s continued mission priorities, which are counter-terrorism, fighting cross-border crime, securing the border, facilitating legal trade, protecting revenue and facilitating legal travel.”
As of Wednesday, border police officers from the Laredo sector have detained at least 5,300 migrants from more than 165 trucks at checkpoints between October 1, 2020 and September 30, 2021.
Agents detained 2,300 migrants during the same period in 2020.
According to a CBP report released on May 10, 178,622 undocumented immigrants were stopped for illegal entry from Mexico into the United States in April, surpassing the March total by 5,274.
Laredo Sector agents, for their part, encountered 10,927 migrants in April, up from 11,180 in March.