SIERRA BLANCA, Texas -- Border Patrol agents said Friday they found 13 smuggled migrants in the cramped confines of a sleeper cabin of a tractor-trailer that was inspected at the Sierra Blanca checkpoint earlier this week.
Officials said the decision to inspect the truck, which led to the discovery of the migrants, occurred after a police dog reacted suspiciously to the semi-truck.
The migrants discovered hiding in the truck were from Mexico, Honduras and Guatemala.
The driver of the truck was also taken into custody, authorities said.
“This smuggling attempt reflects what little regard for life these human smugglers have,” Big Bend Sector Chief Patrol Agent Matthew Hudak said in a statement. “Our agents’ vigilance, training, and experience were vital in detecting and apprehending these individuals and prosecuting the smuggler.”