EDINBURG, Texas — U.S. Border Patrol agents in South Texas say they’ve arrested a Mexican national and an American in two separate incidents involving a total of 48 people entering the country illegally inside tractor trailer trucks.
Authorities say agents at a checkpoint in Sarita, about 50 miles (80.46 kilometers) southwest of Corpus Christi, opened a refrigerated tractor trailer Friday and found 14 people hidden among cargo. A short time later at a checkpoint about 20 miles (32.19 kilometers) to the west in Falfurrias, a detection dog alerted agents who found 34 people hiding in a similar trailer.
Border Patrol officials say the people inside the trailers have declined offers of medical attention.
Both sites are about 70 miles (112.65 kilometers) north of the Texas-Mexico border.