Undocumented aliens found in reefer trailer

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Updated Sep 13, 2018

A reefer tractor-trailer filled with nearly 50 illegal aliens tried fleeing from U.S. Border Patrol agents in Texas by hitting the highway.

The chase began shortly after a U.S. Customs and Border Protection service dog alerted on the 2017 Freightliner tractor-trailer Sunday at the Border Patrol Checkpoint on Interstate 35 in Laredo, Texas. However, instead of hanging around for a secondary inspection, the truck sped off.

Agents followed and eventually convinced the driver to pull over at mile-marker 30 on I-35. Inside the back of the trailer, agents found 47 undocumented aliens, according to a CBP press release.

The male driver and a female passenger, both U.S. citizens, were arrested along with the illegal aliens who hailed from Brazil, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, and Peru. None of those arrested required medical attention.

The vehicle was seized and the case was referred to Homeland Security Investigations.