Police Pursuit

VIDEOS: Texas Troopers Stop Human Smuggling Incidents near Border

Texas Department of Public Safety troopers are encountering more dangerous human smuggling incidents, many including high-speed pursuits. DPS officials released videos recently showing the dangers these smugglers put their “cargo” in as well as the general public on the roadways.

Migrants flee from smugglers work truck after being stopped by DPS troopers near Kingsville, Texas. (Texas Department of Public Safety)

Five Human Smuggling Attempts Foiled in South Texas in 11 Hours

Border Patrol agents in the Texas Rio Grande Valley foiled five migrant smuggling attempts in less than 11 hours. The human smuggling ventures spanned from Wednesday evening through Thursday morning, with one causing significant property damage after smugglers abandoned a vehicle in tall grass. The ensuing brush fire destroyed the vehicle and burned privately owned ranch land.

A human smuggler's vehicle catches fire in South Texas after the driver ran through a rancher's fence while fleeing apprehension. (U.S. Border Patrol/Rio Grande Valley Sector)

Human Smuggler Drives Truck Loaded with Migrants into Rio Grande

A smuggler drove his pickup truck loaded with migrants into the Rio Grande following a pursuit in South Texas. Rio Grande Valley Sector Border Patrol agents apprehended five migrants as they swam to the U.S. riverbank from the sinking truck. The driver fled to Mexico.

Five migrants escape death after smuggler drives loaded truck into Rio Grande. (Photo: U.S. Border Patrol/Rio Grande Valley Sector)