Border Patrol finds 60 people hiding in refrigerated trailer at Falfurrias checkpoint
Border Patrol agents at the Falfurrias checkpoint found 60 people hiding in a tractor-trailer on Saturday.
Agents assigned to the Falfurrias Border Patrol Checkpoint sent a trucker to secondary inspection Saturday morning after a K-9 alerted to the trailer, according to a news release from U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
When they searched the refrigerated trailer — where the temperature had been set to 49 degrees — agents found 60 people hiding inside.
"The doors of the trailer were secured with a padlock and the subjects had no means of escape," according to the news release.
- Eight Honduran citizens
- 22 Guatemalan citizens
- 17 Mexican citizens
- 13 citizens of El Salvador
Agents arrested the driver, who is a citizen of Guatemala.
"Criminal activity like this will also lead to serious consequences for truck drivers who engage in smuggling," said Chief Patrol Agent Manuel Padilla Jr., according to a news release from the agency.