Patrol agents in Texas Aug. 21 seized a tractor-trailer smuggling
undocumented immigrants. This discovery pushes the number of tractor-trailer
smuggling cases in the McAllen Border Patrol sector to 42 since
Oct. 1, 2001, involving 699 immigrants.
discovered 21 immigrants early Wednesday morning at the Falfurrias
checkpoint, about 100 miles north of Brownsville. A border patrol
dog alerted agents to something in the trailer. As agents conducted
a secondary inspection, 21 immigrants, including three women,
were found behind a stack of pallets.
None of the
immigrants reportedly required any medical attention. "They
were all found to be in good health," said Agent Xavier Rios,
a border patrol spokesman. "There is no ventilation in the
trailer and there was no source of water in the trailer."
Ruperto G. Gomez Jr. of McAllen, TX, in connection with transporting
undocumented immigrants. He faces a maximum of five years in prison
and a $5,000 fine for each smuggled immigrant.
recent discoveries, 73 men, women and children were discovered
Aug. 5 in a reefer packed with rotting watermelons as it attempted
to pass through the Sarita, TX, checkpoint. The truck's driver,
whose name has not been released, was charged with federal immigration
On July 27,
more than 40 immigrants were found in the back of a sweltering
truck at a Dallas truckstop. Two of the immigrants died of heatstroke.
Two El Paso truckers, Troy Dock and Jason Sprague, face state
murder charges and federal smuggling charges. If convicted, they
could face the death penalty.
On July 31,
agents detained about 32 undocumented immigrants at a San Antonio
Petro inside a locked trailer with a broken refrigeration unit.
About 40 to 70 other people escaped when agents opened the trailer.
The driver, Antonio Deloza of Laredo, was charged with federal
immigration smuggling violations.