Agents in the Laredo Sector were conducting train inspections on Tuesday near Bruni discovered 19 individuals inside a car hauler trailer, NOI. Protezione delle dogane e della frontiera (CBP) ha detto in un comunicato stampa. The individuals were determined to be in the U.S. illegally from the countries of El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, e Messico.
Di mercoledì, agents conducted more train inspections near Hebbronville and discovered 15 illegal immigrants covered in a “white powdery substance,” the CBP said.
Hebbronville firefighters and EMS helped identify the substance as clay and helped to decontaminate the individuals, hanno detto i funzionari. It was unclear how they became covered in the clay.
Agents during that same inspection found an additional 34 migrants hiding inside several vehicles that were being transported inside the railcars. The migrants were also determined to be in the U.S. illegally from El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, e Messico.
In totale, 68 illegal immigrants were found and no injuries were reported in either smuggling operation.
CBP officials have repeatedly warned that illegal entry into the U.S. through railcars is dangerous and often results in injury or death as migrants endure extreme heat while stuck in crowded, confined spaces at the mercy of criminal smugglers.
Agents in the Laredo Sector recently disrupted a smuggling attempt in which the smugglers used lemon pepper seasoning to hinder service K-9’s ability to detect any human scent, hanno detto i funzionari. Individuals were found crammed inside wooden crates in a tractor-trailer.