In a joint law enforcement effort, Laredo Sector Border Patrol, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), and Laredo Police Department (LPD) worked together to shut down an alleged stash house that contained a large group of individuals being guarded by smugglers in south Laredo.
The incident occurred during the morning of June 10 when over 100 undocumented individuals were found inside the alleged stash house. The individuals were identified as nationals of Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Ecuador, and Nicaragua.
All the undocumented individuals were taken into custody for further investigation. None of the individuals were wearing any personal protective equipment (PPE) and all were medically screened.
The smuggling and housing of large groups of individuals in stash houses has not been deterred by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Stash house incidents such as this pose a threat not only to the people exploited by human smuggling but also to the people and safety of our Nation.