Honduran driver caught smuggling 77 migrants crammed inside a trailer during traffic stop in Texas
- Agents with the Texas Department of Public Safety discovered 77 migrants hiding in a tractor trailer last Thursday
- The officers pulled over a Honduran undocumented migrant who was driving the truck and found the migrants crammed inside the truck during an inspection
- All of the individuals were placed in custody of the U.S. Border Patrol
Texas officers found a tractor-trailer carrying 77 migrants during a traffic stop in another human smuggling attempt across the border.
Police arrested the the driver, an undocumented Honduran man, after stopping the truck near Carrizo Springs last Thursday, the Texas Department of Public Safety revealed.
A police body camera video showed the group of mostly men crammed in the open air freight container, which was covered with a blue tarp.
One of the migrants confirmed they were from Mexico when asked by a cop.
The driver, whose name was not released, was taken into custody for human smuggling and was found to be in possession of methamphetamine.
The Texas Department of Public Safety added that he had a history of ‘drug and weapons charges.’
Texas Department of Public Safety agents discovered 76 migrants hidden inside a tract trailer during a traffic stop near Carrizo Springs last Thursday. The driver of the vehicle, a Honduran undocumented migrant, was taken into custody
An undocumented migrant from Honduras (pictured) was apprehended last Thursday in near Carrizo Springs, Texas, after he was stopped driving a tractor trailer with 76 migrants hidden in the back
The migrants were turned over to the U.S. Border Patrol Del Rio Sector for processing.
‘This failed mass smuggling load is a good example of the dangerous tactics used by criminals just to make (money),’ the Del Rio Sector said.
Thursday’s shocking find occurred before the border agency’s sector agents came across three larger groups of migrants who were stopped near the border town community of Normandy that sits across the Rio Grande River.
The 77 migrants, including the driver, were placed in custody of U.S. Border Patrol
U.S. Border Patrol’s Del Rio Sector said the’ mass smuggling load is a good example of the dangerous tactics used by criminals just to make (money)’
Around 1:45 am Monday, Del Rio Station agents encountered 126 migrants, including 36 from Nicaragua.
Eagle Pass Station border officers took into custody 140 individuals, including 64 from Colombia just after 3 am Sunday.
On Saturday, at approximately 5 a.m., a group of 146 migrants, including 65 people from Colombia, was apprehended by Eagle Pass Station agents.
The U.S. Border Patrol has registered 838,685 encounters with migrants along the southwestern border since October 2021, the start fiscal year 2022
A total of 77 migrants, including the driver, were not apprehended by the Texas Department of Public Safety last Thursday
The U.S. Border Patrol, which has reported 838,685 encounters with migrants along the southwestern border since October 2021, the start of fiscal year 2022, said it is expecting a significant rush of asylum seekers at the land border as a result of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announcement last Friday that it will be terminating the Title 42 public health measure.
The policy was institute in March 2020 by the administration of former President Donald Trump and granted the border agency the authority to expel migrants stopped for unlawful border crossing on the basis that they were deemed a danger to the U.S. due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
‘There are a significant number of individuals who were unable to access the asylum system for the past two years, and who may decide that now is the time to come,’ U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Chris Mangus said Monday.
‘We are doing everything we can to prepare for this increase, ensure we continue to process people humanely, and impose consequences on those who break the law,’ Mangus said. ‘At the same time, we will continue to use all available resources to secure our borders.’