A Texas Department of Public Safety soldier working in Laredo, Texas observed a group of people believed to be in the United States illegally climb into the back of a commercial tractor-trailer. The soldier, working under Operation Lone Star, stopped the truck for an inspection and found 11 people.
The soldier contacted Border Patrol agents at Laredo Station to assist in the identification and custody of the suspected migrants, according to information obtained from Border Patrol officials. Agents arrived and conducted immigration interviews which identified the migrants as citizens of Mexico and Guatemala.
Officers took care of the 11 migrants after determining that none had documents allowing them to be legally present in the United States.
“Truck loads can have catastrophic consequences,” Border Patrol officials said in a written statement. “Thanks to the vigilant work of Texas DPS Troopers and Laredo Sector Border Patrol agents, these undocumented individuals have been spared the real possibility of tragedy.”
Breitbart Texas reports extensively on the often deadly tactic of smuggling trapped migrants in the back of tractor-trailers.
Earlier this month, deputies from the nearby Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office teamed up with Rio Grande Valley Area Border Patrol agents after receiving information about a tractor-trailer that was allegedly used to transport a large group of migrants. When law enforcement recovered the truck, they found 84 migrants locked inside the trailer.
Earlier this year, officers in the Laredo area found nearly 500 migrants in nine tractor-trailer smuggling incidents in a single week, Breitbart Texas reported.
Unfortunately, this tactic can have deadly consequences. In June, Breitbart reported that at least 53 migrants died after being abandoned in a similar tractor-trailer truck in San Antonio. A source responsible for law enforcement at the scene told Breitbart Texas that 46 migrants were pronounced dead at the scene or at area hospitals and at least 16 others were taken to area hospitals. . The death toll at the scene was later revised to 48. Five more died in the hours and days that followed.