LAREDO, Texas — 17 illegal immigrants, including nine juveniles, were rescued from a locked trailer of an 18-wheeler that fled an interior U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint northwest of Laredo last week.
During the late evening hours of November 20, 2019, agents working the primary lanes of the U.S. Highway 83 U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint encountered a blue truck-tractor hauling a white trailer.
"After brief questioning, the tractor-trailer was referred for secondary inspection," read a statement from U.S. Customs and Border Protection. "The driver proceeded toward the secondary inspection area but failed to stop, fleeing the checkpoint and driving approximately 100 yards until coming to a halt."
"Agents immediately gave chase and discovered that the driver had abandoned the tractor and absconded," continued the statement. "Agents proceeded to break the seal that kept the trailer doors shut and found 17 individuals trapped inside without any means of escape."
The 17 illegal immigrants discovered inside the trailer were found to be from Mexico and Guatemala. Nine were juveniles.
CBP says they were all in good health. All were arrested pending investigation, according to CBP.