When Border Patrol agents searched a SUV at the Falfurrias checkpoint Thursday, they found two Guatemalan men zipped in duffel bags.
Agents stopped a Mitsubishi Outlander at the Falfurrias checkpoint at 7:40 a.m. Thursday, according to a news release from U.S. Customs and Border Protection. They sent the SUV to secondary inspection, where agents discovered the Guatemalan migrants jammed in duffel bags.
“The Guatemalan immigrants had no means of escape from the bags and were quickly offered medical treatment but refused,” according to the news release. “The driver, an American citizen, freely admitted to her involvement in the smuggling scheme for financial gain and was arrested.”
Chief Patrol Agent Manuel Padilla Jr. said the incident demonstrated the callousness of smugglers.
“Due to the success of our agents in detecting and apprehending people attempting to illegally enter the United States, smugglers are becoming more desperate in the methods they use, and this is another failed attempt,” Padilla said, according to the news release. “Fortunately, in this case, no one was injured, but oftentimes smugglers put immigrants’ lives at risk with no regard for their safety.”