U.S. Border Patrol agents apprehended a large number of undocumented immigrants inside a tractor-trailer during a failed human smuggling attempt in Laredo, Texas on July 13, 2020.
A tractor hauling a white trailer approached the U.S. Highway 83 checkpoint. During an immigration inspection of the driver and passenger, both U.S. citizens, the driver readily admitted that there were people inside the trailer.
Upon opening the trailer, agents found 35 individuals who were illegally in the United States from the countries of Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador. The inside trailer temperature was recorded at 126.1 degrees Fahrenheit at the time the individuals were discovered.
All were evaluated and offered medical attention by a Border Patrol emergency medical technician. All suspects were placed under arrest, pending further investigation by Homeland Security Investigations Special Agents.