Two suspected human smugglers were arrested following a vehicle pursuit with multiple law enforcement agencies, according to the U.S. Border Patrol.
The case unfolded early Tuesday, when deputies from the Jim Hogg County Sheriff’s Office engaged in a pursuit with a minivan on Texas 16 toward Freer. The Hebbronville Border Patrol Station notified the Freer Station of the pursuit. Agents responded to assist along with Duval County Sheriff’s Office deputies and the Freer Police Department.
Agents said the minivan was successfully stopped when it entered Freer. An investigation revealed that the driver and a front seat passenger were U.S. citizens. They were transporting seven individuals who were determined to be immigrants from Mexico, Guatemala, and Honduras who were in the country illegally.
Jim Hogg deputies arrested the driver and passenger, and seized the minivan. Agents from the Freer Station took custody of the seven immigrants.
“This incident highlights how cooperation between multiple law enforcement agencies in our communities leads to the interdiction of criminal activity and successful prosecution of violators of the law. U.S. Border Patrol agents of the Laredo Sector will continue to form resilient partnerships with their law enforcement counterparts to keep our nation and communities safe as they focus on the agency’s strategic objectives to stem the flow of illegal immigration and stop the spread of COVID-19,” Border Patrol said in a statement.
To report suspicious activity such as human or drug smuggling, download the “USBP Laredo Sector” app or contact the Laredo Sector Border Patrol toll free at 1-800-343-1994.