Truckers arrested in human smuggling attempts


U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents recently announced two incidents involving truck drivers.

On Jan. 21 near Laredo, Texas, agents intercepted a large human smuggling attempt at the Interstate 35 checkpoint.

A service canine alerted agents to the trailer, and agents referred the truck for a secondary inspection. The driver of the truck failed to stop, continued to drive north, then fled on foot. Upon opening the trailer, agents found 63 immigrants, all illegally present in the United States.

Agents tracked down the truck driver, a U.S. citizen. The driver and the migrants were arrested.

In a separate incident Feb. 2, agents near Edinburg, Texas, arrested a truck driver and several illegal immigrants. A service canine alerted agents to the trailer, where agents found nine immigrants.