LAREDO, Texas – Federal agents in Laredo stopped two human smuggling attempts this week when they found more than 30 migrants and a bag of fentanyl pills in two tractor-trailers.
U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents said both tractor-trailers were stopped on Wednesday evening at the Interstate 35 checkpoint.
In the inspection of the first vehicle at 5:30 p.m., a canine alerted agents to the cab of the vehicle.
The driver was referred to a second inspection and during the search, agents found six migrants concealed in the cab, CBP said in a news release.
In the inspection of the second vehicle two hours later, agents conducted an immigration search of the driver and searched the truck.
Agents then found 28 migrants inside the sleeper area of the tractor-trailer, the release states. A bag of small pills that tested positive for fentanyl and a bag of cocaine were also found in that vehicle.
The release states that the migrants were from Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico. They will be processed, and drivers will face charges for human smuggling, authorities said.
Homeland Security Investigations is handling the cases.