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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. (Photo courtesy of U.S. Customs and Border Protection)

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.

Agents found:

  • 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.

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