Border Patrol dog discovers 80 Guatemalan and other migrants hidden in cargo truck in Texas

Border Patrol agents in the Laredo, Texas sector foiled a human smuggling attempt involving some 80 undocumented immigrants from Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador who were traveling in a cargo vehicle, the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) reported this Friday, June 17.

The federal agency said in a bulletin that the incident occurred on the morning of June 14 when a trailer pulled into the main inspection lane at a Interstate Highway 35 (IH-35) checkpoint north of the Laredo border.

During an immigration review, a service dog caught the attention of the agents, who instructed the driver to address a secondary inspection.

When passing the vehicle through the secondary inspection area, a non-invasive scanning device revealed the presence of people in the cargo compartment. The agents discovered the approximately 80 undocumented immigrants inside.

All individuals, including the crew of the vehicle, were medically reviewed and provided with personal protective equipment against the spread of covid-19. They were later “taken into custody,” CBP said.

Also read: Migration crisis: deportations to Guatemala in the first quarter registered an increase of 124.3% compared to 2021

A Laredo Border Patrol dog detected the presence of people hidden in a cargo vehicle, in Laredo, Texas. (Free Press Photo: Taken from @USBPChiefLRT)

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