SIERRA BLANCA, Texas (Big 2/Fox 24) – Earlier this week, U.S. Border Patrol Agents foiled a human smuggling attempted that occurred near Sierra Blanca.
Officials say on Tuesday, agents were conducting an immigration inspection on the driver of a semi-truck at the Sierra Blanca Checkpoint when a K9 alerted to the truck.
While inspecting the semi, agents reportedly found 13 suspects from Ecuador, Mexico and Honduras, hiding in the sleeper area of the truck.
“This smuggling attempt reflects what little regard for life these human smugglers have.” Big Bend Sector Chief Patrol Agent Matthew Hudak said. “Our agents’ vigilance, training, and experience were vital in detecting and apprehending these individuals and prosecuting the smuggler.”
Officials say all 13 were processed by the agents and say the case has been turned over the U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement. Additionally, the driver, who was identified only as a U.S. citizen, is being charged with a smuggling felony.