FALFURRIAS - U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Falfurrias Station saved the lives of 12 illegal aliens, who were confined in a cargo truck with no ventilation Saturday afternoon.

As agents working at the Falfurrias Checkpoint were conducting an inspection of the occupants of a cargo truck, a Border Patrol K-9 alerted to the presence of suspected contraband. Further examination of the truck led to the discovery of 12 persons all determined to be illegally in the country hidden behind a cargo of furnishings.

One of the undocumented aliens began fainting from the heat and lack of ventilation and was taken to a hospital for evaluation. The rest of the group was sweating profusely and asked for water. All stated that they had difficulty breathing inside the truck. 

The driver was turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement- Homeland Security Investigations for further investigation. The undocumented aliens were processed for removal to their countries of origin.

For the current operating year, agents from the Rio Grande Valley Sector have rescued more than 60 illegal aliens, whose lives were in jeopardy due to a variety of circumstances.

To report suspicious activity, call the Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol Sector’s toll-free telephone number at 800-863-9382.