Laredo Sector

Kidnapped American Rescued in Mexican Border City

FBI agents teamed up with U.S. Border Patrol agents and Mexican military officials to rescue a U.S. citizen being held by kidnappers in Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas. Nuevo Laredo is the headquarters for Los Zetas Cartel, also known as CDN. The rescue effort led to the recovery of 14 others being held against their will by the cartel.

Mexican military soldiers rescue a kidnapped Texas woman. (\U.S. Border Patrol)

33 Migrants Arrested by Texas Troopers on Ranch near Border

Texas Department of Public Safety troopers assigned to border security duty arrested 33 migrants on state charges of criminal trespass. The troopers, assigned to Operation Lone Star, arrested the migrants on private ranches near the Texas-Mexico border.

Texas DPS troopers arrest 33 migrants on ranches in South Texas under Operation Lone Star. (Texas Department of Public Safety)

30 Migrants Found in Truck, 20 More in Texas Motel near Border

Laredo Sector Border Patrol agents found a group of nearly 30 migrants hiding in the sleeping compartment of a commercial tractor. Agents and Texas Department of Public Safety troopers also teamed up to apprehend more than 20 migrants being warehoused in motel rooms.

Border Patrol agents and Texas DPS troopers find 30 migrants in a failed human smuggling incident. (U.S. Border Patrol/Laredo Sector)

Armed Human Smugglers Arrested in Texas After Crash on Railroad Track near Border

A multi-agency effort led to the arrest of two United States citizens accused of smuggling five migrants in remote South Texas. After fleeing a U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint, the two smugglers led law enforcement officers on a vehicle pursuit that ended when the truck crashed onto railroad tracks in La Salle County, Texas. After searching the vehicle, officers discovered a loaded handgun.

Human Smugglers crash a Nissan truck on a railroad track while fleeing from law enforcement. (U.S. Border Patrol/Laredo Sector)

Dehydrated 2-Year-Old Migrant Child Rescued near Border in Texas

Laredo Sector Border Patrol agents rescued a severely dehydrated two-year-old migrant child after her mother brought her illegally into the United States from Mexico. The child required transportation to a hospital after emergency medical services were performed in the field.

Laredo South Station Border Patrol agents save the life of a two-year-old migrant child suffering severe dehydration. (U.S. Border Patrol/Laredo Sector)

Migrant Convicted of Sexual Battery Arrested After Illegally Returning to U.S.

Border Patrol agents in Laredo, Texas, arrested Oscar Ordonez with seven other migrants shortly after they illegally entered from Mexico on Thanksgiving Day. Agents discovered Ordonez’s criminal record includes a conviction for sexual battery by force or helplessness. Ordonez, a citizen of El Salvador, was sentenced to 360 days in a Virginia prison for his 2016 crime.


80 Migrants Found in Texas Border City Stash House

Border Patrol agents in Laredo, Texas, discovered more than 80 migrants crammed into a single residential home on Monday. The agents, responding to a report of suspicious activity in the area, found the migrants scattered throughout the scene. The migrants were arrested and removed from the unsanitary conditions and were processed for removal from the country.

Laredo Stash house

Texas Police Capture Migrant Gang Member Convicted in 2004 Murder

Texas State Troopers arrested two migrants near Cotulla Sunday during border patrols. The pair was turned over to Laredo Sector Border Patrol agents for processing and potential removal. Agents discovered one migrant, Jose Arias-Gonzalez, was a suspected Sureno gang member who was previously convicted of murder with a 16-year prison term.

Arias Gonzalez

Los Zetas Cartel Smuggler Arrested in Rio Grande by Texas Police

LAREDO, Texas — Law enforcement from the Border Patrol, Webb County Attorney’s Office of Investigations, and a county constable raced into the Rio Grande to stop a fugitive from escaping to Mexico. On Tuesday, the officers rushed into the murky water to apprehend Jose Francisco Paz-Ruiz, a known member of the Cartel Del Noreste faction of Los Zetas, according to police.

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