Border Patrol agents thwart multiple human smuggling attempts

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Source: U.S. Border Patrol

FALFURRIAS, Texas – Agents at the U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint prevent two smuggling attempts that led to the arrest of two smugglers and 12 undocumented immigrants.

The agency’s press release said on Thursday morning, Falfurrias agents working at the checkpoint referred a Dodge Journey for secondary inspection following a K-9 alert. Record checks on the driver revealed an active arrest warrant for dangerous drugs.

Agents arrested him and discovered a small number of Xanax pills. Additionally, agents determined both female passengers were in the United States illegally. The passengers are from El Salvador and Guatemala. The Texas Department of Public Safety took custody of the driver and drugs.

Later that evening, agents referred a tractor trailer for secondary inspection following a K-9 alert. During the secondary inspection, agents discovered 10 undocumented immigrants trying to conceal themselves in the sleeping area of the tractor. Agents arrested all the subjects, including the driver. Those arrested are from Ecuador, El Salvador, Honduras and Mexico.

Border Patrol processed all subjects accordingly, said the release.

The public is encouraged to take a stand against crime in their communities and report suspicious activity at 800-863-9382.

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