A human smuggling attempt involved a 18-wheller truck and several undocumented immigrants in Laredo, Texas.
The incident occurred just past midnight on November 6, 2020 when agents responded to a local business to assist in investigating a suspicious tractor-trailer parked on the side of the street in front of the business establishment.
As officers approached the abandoned trailer they heard noises coming from inside the trailer. Officers broke the seal of the locked door of the trailer and discovered numerous people inside who had no means of escape and no clean air to breathe.
Law enforcement personnel helped the individuals exit the trailer. Agents distributed personal protective equipment to all individuals, and subsequent medical screenings found all individuals to be in good health.
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All rescued individuals were determined to be illegally in the United States from the countries of Mexico and Guatemala. The U.S. Border Patrol took them into custody and seized the tractor-trailer.