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Border Patrol agents discover 16 migrants locked in box truck

May 28, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Border Patrol agents discover 16 migrants locked in box truck

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U.S. Border Patrol agents working at the Laredo Sector discovered a group of Mexican migrants being smuggled in the back of a truck packed with furniture.

Agents working at Highway 83’s Border Checkpoint saw a box truck approaching the checkpoint. The agents referred the vehicle for a secondary inspection station. When the agents opened the back of the truck, they found a group of migrants, according to Breitbart Texas.

The Highway 83 checkpoint is northwest of Laredo roughly 40 miles from the U.S.-Mexico border. Border Patrol agents told Breitbart Texas in the past that the Los Zetas Cartel dominates drug and human smuggling in this area.

The inspection led to the discovery of 16 illegal inside hiding among the furniture.

One of the migrants was found hiding in a load of furniture packed in the back of a box truck. (Photo: U.S. Border Patrol/Laredo Sector)

The agents took the driver, a U.S. citizen, into custody.

Despite the hot conditions in the truck, the migrants seemed to be in good condition.

“These criminal organizations view individuals as commodities without regard for their safety,” Laredo Sector Assistant Chief Patrol Agent Gabriel Acosta stated. “The disregard for human life will not be tolerated. We will work with our law enforcement partners to disrupt and dismantle these organizations and prosecute those who are responsible.”

During Fiscal Year 2018, which started on October 1st of last year, Laredo Sector agents saved close to 700 people as part of an effort to help reduce and avoid the deaths of migrants at the hands of smugglers.

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