Truck Driver Arrested After 31 Illegal Immigrants Found In Big Rig
Laredo, Texas – A truck driver was arrested last week after attempting to smuggle 31 illegal immigrants into the United States inside of a tractor-trailer.
According to authorities, Laredo Sector Border Patrol agents discovered 31 individuals in a semi-trailer at the immigration checkpoint on Interstate Highway 35 north of Laredo, Texas, in the evening hours of Wednesday, July 17.
Officials said agents encountered a white tractor-trailer in the primary inspection lane.
While at the primary lane, a Border Patrol canine alerted to the odor of concealed narcotics and/or humans in the vehicle.
The driver of the vehicle, a U.S. citizen, granted consent to a non-intrusive VACIS scan of the vehicle.
Agents then discovered 31 individuals who were being transported in the back of the trailer.
Authorities said record checks on the individuals determined they were nationals of Mexico, Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala.
None of the individuals required any medical attention, officials said.
They were all placed under arrest, along with the driver.
Authorities said the case was turned over to Homeland Security Investigations.