Border Patrol agents rescue 15 people; arrest dangerous criminals
FALFURRIAS, TX — Despite the ongoing influx of undocumented immigrants, U.S. Border Patrol agents from the Rio Grande Valley Sector continue to protect this nation and save lives.
Early Thursday morning, agents assigned to the Falfurrias Checkpoint rescued 15 people suspected of being in the country illegally, who were locked inside a tractor-trailer.
The rescue occurred when a Border Patrol K-9 alerted to the tractor-trailer during an immigration inspection. Agents received consent from the driver to search the vehicle and found 11 people hiding between pallets of carrots. An additional four individuals were found hiding in the sleeper area of the tractor’s cab, one of whom was found underneath the cab’s bed with no circulating air and two were crammed into a tiny coat closet.
The individuals were under duress due to their confinement with no ability to escape and many were sweating profusely. Agents immediately offered the rescued individuals medical assistance.
The majority of the people rescued were from Mexico; however, the group also contained individuals from El Salvador, Honduras and the Dominican Republic. They will be processed for return to their countries of origin.
Since Oct. 1, 2013, agents in the Rio Grande Valley Sector have saved the lives of approximately 280 people.
In addition to saving lives, Border Patrol agents remain vigilant in securing the United States from all threats and keeping dangerous criminals out of our communities. Throughout the past week, agents arrested a member of the MS-13 street gang, who is wanted on a murder charge in Maryland. They also arrested a man who is a fugitive wanted on a homicide charge in El Salvador and another man wanted on a murder charge in Mexico. Additionally, seven illegal immigrants with prior convictions for sex offenses were apprehended.