Border Patrol agents rescue 5-year-old in smuggling scheme

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) reports that agents in Laredo, Texas rescued a small child and arrested two women who were trying to enter the United States illegally.

According to a press release, Border Patrol agents “rescued a 5-year-old child and arrested two adult females” on Dec. 28. The women were reportedly attempting to smuggle the child through a Border Patrol checkpoint.

CBP reports that Border Patrol agents encountered a maroon Ford F-150 pick-up truck, which was trying to pass through the primary inspection lane on Interstate Highway 35, north of Laredo.

According to CBP: “The driver and passengers were questioned regarding their immigration status and were referred for further inspection after a Border Patrol canine alerted to the presence of concealed humans and/or narcotics.”

When Border Patrol agents further inspected the vehicle, they determined that a 5-year-old passenger, described as “a Mexican National,” was in the vehicle, and they surmised that the child was being smuggled into the United States.

The driver of the vehicle is described as “an adult United States Citizen.” The passenger was  “an adult Mexican National.” Both women were arrested, and the vehicle was seized by Border Patrol.

The CBP warns against crossing into the United States illegally in their press release on the incident, writing: “The Laredo Sector Border Patrol will continue to warn against the dangers of people crossing illegally into the United States through dangerous environmental conditions. Our Border Safety Initiative (BSI) is a humanitarian, bi-national strategy designed to reduce illegal alien deaths, educate and inform potential illegal aliens of the dangers and hazards of crossing the border illegally, and to respond to those who are in life-threatening situations.”

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