Border Patrol agents encountered a large human smuggling attempt on December 17, 2019 in Laredo Texas.
A commercial tractor trailer approached the commercial vehicle inspection lanes of a U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint. Agents soon discovered more than 70 people inside the trailer through a trafficking organization.
The group consisted of both male and female suspects. All were found to be illegally present in the United States, from the countries of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Mexico.
The suspects were outfitted with marked shirts that appear to assist the trafficking organization in classifying/identifying the individuals within the group, a similar methodology used to classify cargo and commodities.
The driver, a U.S. Citizen, and the illegal immigrants were placed under arrest, pending investigation. The tractor and trailer were seized by the U.S. Border Patrol.