Falfurrias, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents continue to encounter dangerous smuggling tactics at immigration checkpoints.  

On Sunday afternoon, Border Patrol agents assigned to the Falfurrias Checkpoint referred a rental box truck to the secondary inspection area after a Border Patrol K-9 alerted to the cargo. During the investigation, agents discovered 18 illegal aliens from the countries of Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, and Nicaragua. During processing, agents identified one of the illegal aliens as a 17 year-old unaccompanied child.

The following day, agents referred a rental van to the secondary area after a Border Patrol K-9 alerted. Inside, agents discovered nine illegal aliens from the countries of Mexico and Honduras.

Agents referred both cases to Homeland Security Investigations for prosecution.

Operation Big Rig is a call to action for the community to get involved and call 911 if they see or are aware of smuggling or suspicious activity, “They’re humans, not cargo.”

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