The United States Border Patrol conducting traffic operations at the Interstate 10 Immigration Checkpoint interdicted a tractor-trailer smuggling scheme.
On Saturday, April 23, 2022, Border Patrol agents working the Sierra Blanca Checkpoint on IH-10 encountered a tractor-trailer in the primary inspection lane.
Investigators say the driver of the trailer was nervous and “was in a rush” to leave the checkpoint.
Agents referred the truck over to a secondary inspection lane. In the secondary inspection area, a K-9 alerted to the trailer and agents discovered a total of 48 undocumented migrants.
As agents removed the subjects from the trailer, they said that most of the migrants were sweating profusely and looked to be overheated.
All subjects were transported to Sierra Blanca Border Patrol Station for medical screening and processing. The criminal investigation was turned over to Homeland Security Investigations.
“The fight against human smuggling is ongoing,” said Big Bend Sector Chief Patrol Agent Sean L. McGoffin. “Organized human smugglers are putting innocent lives at risk, the thoroughness of our agents, and our K-9 partners, brought an end to this dangerous scheme.”