Border Patrol agents rescued 55 illegal immigrants from a suffocating tractor truck in Texas.
The agents broke the seal of the vehicle after a service canine was alerted to the smell of hidden humans.
The immigrants found themselves hiding in the middle of the merchandise that is transported in the Border Patrol checkpoint on Interstate 35, north of Laredo, the 5th of September.
Border Patrol agents rescued 55 illegal immigrants from a checkpoint on Interstate 35, north of Laredo, on September 5
Inside the trailer, the officers found conditions that were potentially lethal with an internal temperature of almost 100 degrees and limited air flow.
The illegal immigrants inside sweated profusely and were immediately evaluated by a medical emergency technician.
It was found that the 55 people were in a stable health condition.
The individuals inside the trailer were from the countries of Mexico, Guatemala, Brazil, Honduras and Nicaragua.
The male driver, who was a citizen of the United States, was arrested and the tractor truck was confiscated.
The immigrants were from the countries of Mexico, Guatemala, Brazil, Honduras and Nicaragua. The driver, who was arrested, was a US citizen. (Stock photo)
Laredo Chief Patrol Agent Jason D. Owens said: "The United States Border Patrol not only protects the nation's borders, but also ensures that those who cross the United States illegally receive humane treatment. .
"We will continue with the interruption and deterrence of any careless tactics used by smugglers."
This is not the first time that the country has met people trying to cross the border into the United States.
In January, immigration authorities found nearly 80 people squeezed into the back of a truck traveling on a highway in Laredo when the driver was stopped.
In July, nine Americans were arrested for the illegal smuggling of 64 people near the Arizona border.