U.S. Border Patrol agents disrupted a human smuggling attempt at the Interstate Highway 35 (I-35) checkpoint north of Laredo, Texas.

During the early morning hours of November 15, agents working the primary inspection lanes of the I-35 Border Patrol checkpoint referred a tractor-trailer for secondary inspection.  At secondary, records checks revealed the trailer was stolen out of Desoto, Texas. 

Further inspection revealed 19 individuals inside the trailer.  The individuals were found to be Mexican Nationals, illegally present in the United States.  The driver, a United States Citizen, and the illegal aliens were placed under arrest pending investigation.  The case was turned over to Homeland Security Investigations. 

The Webb County Sheriff’s Office took possession of the stolen tractor-trailer.