Texas Department of Public Safety troopers found a group of migrants locked inside a tractor-trailer near Laredo on September 14. Troopers found the tractor-trailer driver did not have a commercial driver’s license.
Troopers operating along the border region under Governor Greg Abbott’s Operation Lone Star stopped a tractor-trailer in Webb County, Texas, on Thursday. During an inspection of the vehicle, the trooper found 18 migrants locked inside the trailer.
.@TxDPS stops a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) & disrupts a human smuggling attempt in Webb County. A DPS Trooper stopped the CMV for a traffic violation. The driver did not possess a valid commercial driver license. A search revealed 18 illegal immigrants locked inside the… pic.twitter.com/7aIwVPOmCn
— Chris Olivarez (@LtChrisOlivarez) September 19, 2023
The trooper arrested the driver, identified as Michael Wilson, a Cotulla, Texas, resident. He faces charges of smuggling of persons, according to a tweet from DPS spokesman, Lieutenant Chris Olivarez.
Laredo Sector Border Patrol agents arrived and identified the migrants as residents of Mexico. The agents took custody of the 18 migrants.
Through the end of July, the latest statistics available from U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Laredo Sector agents apprehended nearly 40,000 migrants who crossed the border illegally between ports of entry. This is down from more than 94,000 during the same period one year ago.
Bob Price is the Breitbart Texas-Border team’s associate editor and senior news contributor. He is an original member of the Breitbart Texas team. Price is a regular panelist on Fox 26 Houston’s What’s Your Point? Sunday-morning talk show. Follow him on Twitter @BobPriceBBTX.
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