U.S. Border Patrol agents at the Interstate 35 (I-35) Border Patrol checkpoint north of Laredo, TX prevented a human smuggling attempt.
The incident occurred late in the evening of June 15, 2020 when a white tractor hauling a white trailer approached the I-35 checkpoint. A police canine alerted to the trailer.
A search of the trailer was conducted and led agents to discover 24 individuals hidden inside, all illegally present in the United States from the countries of Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras; one was later determined to be a convicted felon.
The individuals and the driver, a U.S. citizen, were taken into custody pending investigation. The vehicle was seized by U.S. Border Patrol.