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17 undocumented immigrants found hidden in small compartment at Freer Border Patrol checkpoint

K-9 units at the checkpoint west of Freer alerted agents to a flatbed truck hauling bags of cement, and rows of square tubing on an overhead rack.

FREER, Texas — A human trafficker went to some extraordinary measures to sneak a group of undocumented immigrants across the U.S.-Mexico border last week, only to be caught red handed in Freer, Texas.

According to the U.S. Border Patrol, it was early in the day Friday, Feb. 7, when K-9 units at the checkpoint west of Freer alerted agents to a flatbed truck hauling  bags of cement, along with rows of square tubing on an overhead rack. Upon searching the truck's load, agents made quite a discovery.

A group of 17 undocumented immigrants were laying inside a small compartment hidden within the square tubing. U.S. Border Patrol agents determined that they were in the country illegally from Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador and Mexico.

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The immigrants and the driver of the truck were all turned over to Homeland Security Investigations. The vehicle was seized by the U.S. Border Patrol.

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