Laredo Sector Border Patrol and Duval County Sheriff’s Department Impede Human Smuggling Attempt

Release Date: December 10, 2020

LAREDO, TEXAS – Working together, U.S. Border Patrol agents from the Freer Station and Duval County Sheriff’s Office (DCSO) deputies combined their efforts and stopped a human smuggling scheme southeast of Benavides, Texas.

The incident occurred during the late evening of December 9, when agents assisted deputies with a traffic stop on a suspected smuggling case near Farm to Market Road 1329 and County Road 210.

Agents discovered 10 individuals illegally in the United States from the countries of Honduras, Mexico, Guatemala, and El Salvador.

They along with the U.S. citizen driver were taken into custody. The vehicle utilized in the smuggling attempt was seized by DCSO.

This incident highlights how cooperation between multiple law enforcement agencies in our communities leads to the interdiction of criminal activity and successful prosecution of violators of the law.

U.S. Border Patrol agents of the Laredo Sector will continue to form resilient partnerships with their law enforcement counterparts to keep our Nation and communities safe as they focus on the agency’s strategic objectives to stem the flow of illegal immigration and stop the spread of COVID-19.

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. If you see something, please say something. You can also follow us on our social media platforms on Twitter and Instagram @usbpchieflrt and @usbpdepchieflrt and on Facebook at US Border Patrol Laredo Sector.