U.S. Border Patrol agents in Laredo, Texas stopped a human smuggling attempt involving a U-Haul rental box truck and 114 illegal immigrants, officials say.
The incident occurred during the evening of January 14, 2021 when agents responded to information of illegal activity in a box truck. Agents arrived at the location and approached a suspiciously parked U-Haul rental box truck and discovered 114 individuals in the cargo area officials say.
They were determined to be illegally in the United States and from the countries of Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Dominican Republic, and Peru. The rental box truck was seized by U.S. Border Patrol.
Most of the individuals were not wearing any personal protective equipment (PPE) when encountered. All of the individuals were provided PPE, medically screened, and taken into custody pending further investigation.