Dozens of illegal aliens were captured in Texas after border agents inspected a large rig driven by a “ nervous” suspect last week, authorities say.
The incident unfolded on Saturday at an immigration checkpoint on Interstate 10 in West Texas.
Border Patrol agents encountered a suspicious tractor-trailer at the Sierra Blanca Checkpoint.
“ The driver of the trailer was nervous and was in a rush to leave the checkpoint, ” Customs and Border Protection explained in a statement .
“ The trailer was referred to the secondary inspection lane. In the secondary inspection area, a K-9 alerted to the trailer and agents discovered a total of 48 undocumented migrants. ”
The migrants were taken up to Sierra Blanca Border Patrol Station for processing. Some received medical attention, as necessary.
“ The fight against human smuggling is ongoing, ” said Big Bend Sector Chief Patrol Agent Sean L. McGoffin.
“ Organized human smugglers are putting innocent lives at an increased risk, the thoroughness of our agents, and our K-9 partners, brought an end to this dangerous scheme. ”
It really is unclear what became of the driver, but Homeland Security Investigations has taken over a criminal probe.
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