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Thirteen people found smuggled in sealed cardboard boxes on I-35 checkpoint

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Posted at 2:51 PM, Oct 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-06 15:51:58-04

U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Interstate Highway 35 checkpoint said they averted a human smuggling attempt after undocumented people were found hidden in cardboard boxes in a vehicle north of Laredo.

The incident occurred in the afternoon of October 3, when a commercial van approached the checkpoint, according to border patrol agents.

During the immigration inspection of the driver and front seat passenger, a Service canine alerted to the vehicle.

The vehicle was referred to secondary inspection where agents discovered several tape-sealed boxes in the van’s cargo area.

Upon opening the boxes, 13 individuals were found hidden inside.

They were medically screened, but were not in need of further medical attention.

The ambient temperature in the van was recorded as being 95 degrees Fahrenheit.

The 13 individuals were determined to be illegally in the United States from the countries of Mexico, El Salvador, Honduras, and Ecuador, according to border patrol.

They were placed under arrest along with the U.S. citizen driver and passenger pending further investigation.