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Thirteen Illegals Arrested Inside Stash House Near Laredo

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LAREDO, TEXAS – U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Zapata Station assisted Zapata County Sheriff’s Office (ZCSO) in the arrest of 13 individuals found inside a stash house in Zapata, Texas.

The incident occurred on the morning of May 18, when ZCSO requested Service canine assistance for possible narcotics activity at a residence. The investigation did not produce narcotics, but 13 individuals were discovered inside the home. All were determined to be illegally in the United States from the country of Mexico. The 13 individuals were arrested by Border Patrol and transported to the Zapata Station pending further investigation.

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Border Patrol Prevents Human Smuggling Attempts via Box Trucks

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LAREDO, TEXAS – U.S. Border Patrol agents prevented two separate human smuggling attempts, on the same day, via box trucks at two different Border Patrol checkpoints in the Laredo Sector.

The first incident occurred during the early morning hours of May 23, when a box truck approached the checkpoint on Interstate Highway 35 north of Laredo. During an immigration inspection of the driver, a Service canine alerted to the vehicle. Agents discovered 13 individuals hidden inside who were all illegally present in the United States from the country of Mexico. The individuals and the driver, a U.S. Citizen, were taken into custody pending investigation.

The second incident occurred several minutes later, when agents encountered a box truck at the checkpoint west of Freer, Texas. During an immigration inspection, a Service canine alerted to the cargo area of the vehicle. Agents found an access panel that led to the discovery of an aftermarket compartment where 10 individuals were hiding. All 10 were in the country illegally and from Mexico. The individuals and the driver, a U.S. Citizen, were taken into custody pending investigation.

Despite the threat of the COVID-19 pandemic, smugglers continue to endanger the lives of individuals they exploit and the health and safety of our Nation. U.S. Border Patrol agents strive to prevent the flow of illegal immigration and slow the spread of COVID-19.

Story compiled by Jeff Rainforth for We Build the Wall, Inc. Follow Jeff on Facebook for live border videos & coverage.

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Tractor-Trailer Human Smuggler Arrested By Border Patrol – 12 Illegals Inside

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SALTON CITY, Calif. – El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents assigned to the Highway 86 immigration checkpoint arrested a man suspected of smuggling 12 illegal aliens Tuesday afternoon.

The incident occurred at approximately 3:40 p.m., when a man driving a grey 2007 Freightliner semi tractor-trailer approached the checkpoint. During an immigration check on the driver in primary inspection, a Border Patrol canine detection team alerted to the cargo area of the trailer. The driver was referred to secondary for further inspection.

During secondary inspection, Border Patrol agents inspected the cargo area of the tractor-trailer and discovered 12 illegal aliens locked inside with no safety restraints and no way to extricate themselves from the inside. Agents safely removed all of the subjects and conducted welfare checks.

The driver, a 36-year-old illegal alien from Mexico and 12 illegal aliens, which included 10 adult men, and 2 adult women, were placed under arrest.

The driver was processed administratively for alien smuggling and all 12 illegal aliens were expelled back to Mexico.

This incident is the seventh of its kind this year in the Imperial Valley and the second this month. On the first week of May, El Centro Sector agents discovered 6 smuggled immigrants in a hydraulic dump trailer hauled by a semi-truck.

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