Stuck Tractor-Trailer Leads to Failed Human Smuggling Attempt

Release Date: August 5, 2020

LAREDO, TEXAS – A stuck tractor-trailer on railroad tracks north of Laredo leads to the apprehension of 23 individuals by U.S. Border Patrol agents during a failed human smuggling attempt.

The incident occurred on the morning of August 3, when agents assigned to the Laredo North Station responded to assist Webb County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) deputies with a white tractor-trailer that was stuck on the railroad tracks near Interstate Highway 35, mile marker 14.

Agents conducted an immigration inspection on 23 individuals whom WCSO deputies had discovered being transported in the trailer.

They were all illegally in the United States from the countries of Mexico and Honduras.

They were taken into custody by U.S. Border Patrol. The driver, a U.S. citizen, was arrested by WCSO pending investigation. Union Pacific Railroad Police took custody of the tractor-trailer.

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.

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.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between official ports of entry. CBP is charged with securing the borders of the United States while enforcing hundreds of laws and facilitating lawful trade and travel.