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United States Border Patrol agents and Texas Department of Public Safety encountered two vehicles pulling travel trailers attempting to smuggle dozens of undocumented migrants.
“The coordination and collaboration between the agents and Texas Department of Public Safety resulted in multiple migrants being rescued from a very dangerous situation,” Big Bend Sector Chief Patrol Agent Sean L. McGoffin stated.
“Transnational criminal organizations recruit United States Citizens to facilitate their smuggling schemes, they continue to place lives in
danger with little regard for their safety and well-being.”
According to officials, on July 12, 2021, agents conducting traffic check operations at the Interstate Highway 10 immigration checkpoint came across a vehicle pulling a large travel trailer in the primary inspection lane.
“A non-intrusive K-9 inspection was performed on the vehicle, yielding a positive alert,” officials shared. “The vehicle was then directed to the secondary inspection lane by agents. A second vehicle pulling another large travel trailer was encountered shortly after agents began inspecting the vehicle and trailer in the secondary inspection lane.”
As part of their investigation, agents provided additional information on a second vehicle involved in the smuggling scheme to the Texas Department of Public Safety, who performed a vehicle stop.
Upon stopping the vehicle, Troopers found multiple migrants hiding in a travel trailer. In total, 74 undocumented non-citizens and three United States Citizens were apprehended.
Officials say the two United States Citizens were turned over to Texas Department of Public Safety for their involvement in the alleged smuggling scheme.
The driver of the second vehicle, identified only as a juvenile United States Citizen, was released due to his age.
All undocumented non-citizens from countries including Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, and Peru were processed