Border Patrol agents in Laredo, Texas, arrested a man Thursday who was trying to smuggle illegal aliens into the country by using a fake Border Patrol vehicle as a guise.
“To a casual observer, the cloned vehicle appeared to be a law enforcement vehicle conducting official business, but to the observant Border Patrol agent something was not quite right,” Customs and Border Protection confirmed in a statement. “After further investigation, the agents determined that the four-door vehicle had been cloned to look like an official Border Patrol vehicle in an attempt to conceal a human smuggling attempt.”
A dozen illegal aliens were found hiding inside the vehicle and the driver was arrested.
“Smugglers have resorted to desperate measures to conduct their illicit business,” said Mario Martinez, Chief of the Laredo Sector Border Patrol.
Martinez praised Border Patrol agents for their training, attention to detail and vigilance.