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Border Patrol agents stop human cargo trailer containing 22 individuals in South Texas

January 9, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Border Patrol agents stop human cargo trailer containing 22 individuals in South Texas

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Border Patrol agents intercepted a trailer attempting to sneak human cargo through a checkpoint in South Texas.

Agents working at the Falfurrias Border Patrol Checkpoint in Brooks County noticed a tractor-trailer approaching the inspection lanes on December 31st. During the initial stop, a K-9 agent alerted to the presence of human or drugs inside. The agents then referred the driver to a secondary inspection station.

Officials said agents conducting the secondary inspection uncovered human cargo containing 22 individuals hidden inside the trailer, Breitbart Texas reported.

Due to the cold temperatures in the trailer, agents provided medical assistance. However, the help was declined.

Border Patrol agents detained the individuals, who were transferred to the Falfurrias Station for processing. The undocumented migrants are natives of Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador.

After the recent deaths and close calls of immigrants being smuggled in trailers, Border Patrol officials have initiated a public relations campaign to attract attention to the issue.

In October, truck driver James Matthew Bradley, Jr. pleaded guilty to a single count of conspiring to transport migrant resulting in death and one count of illegal human smuggling resulting in death. He faces up to life behind bars when he is sentenced this month.

On December 27th, agents detected another load of human cargo from being transported through the Falfurrias Checkpoint. In a rental vehicle, agents discovered nine illegals from Mexico and Guatemala in the cargo area.

Human smugglers have grown to become more desperate to force their cargo through dangerous ranchlands around the checkpoint.

In 2017, the remains of 52 immigrants were found by Border Patrol agents and sheriff’s deputies in Brooks County alone.

“We had 52 people die in our county while trying to bypass the Falfurrias Checkpoint,” Brooks County Sheriff Benny Martinez told Breitbart Texas. “They die because these callous human smugglers have no regard for human life.”

Martinez displayed concern for the upcoming year as the opening of an expanded Border Patrol checkpoint in his county will force more victims into the brush.

“The more people are pushed into the ranchlands with these smugglers, the more deaths we are likely to have,” the sheriff noted. “These smugglers don’t care about the lives of these people. If they fall behind — these smugglers abandon them and leave them for dead.”

“Some are lucky enough to find their way to a roadway for help. Some have phones and to call for help,” Martinez said. “In 2017, 52 people had neither and died agonizing deaths from dehydration, heat exhaustion, or hypothermia.”

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