NEW YORK (FOX5NY) - U.S. Border Patrol agents found 78 people inside a locked refrigerated tractor-trailer at a checkpoint.
It happened on Saturday on I-35, outside of Laredo, Texas.
The driver and passenger were questioned regarding their immigration status and referred the driver to move over for a secondary inspection after a Border Patrol canine alerted to the presence of concealed humans and/or narcotics.
The driver didn't stop and continued north on the highway. Agents attempted a vehicle stop and the tractor trailer finally came to a stop.
Border Patrol agents then discovered the 78 illegal aliens from the countries of Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Brazil, Ecuador, India and Dominican Republic.
The driver and passenger, both United States citizens, were arrested and the tractor-trailer was seized by Border Patrol.
“These criminal organizations continue to use tractor trailers and view these individuals as mere commodities without regard for their safety. The blatant disregard for human life will not be tolerated. We will continue to work with our law enforcement partners to disrupt and dismantle these organizations and prosecute those responsible,” said Laredo Sector Acting Chief Patrol Agent Jason D. Owens.