LAREDO, Texas (AP) — A dozen smuggled immigrants have been detained after being crammed into a fake Border Patrol SUV that was stopped by a real officer in Texas.
Border Patrol officials say the investigation continues into who customized a white Chevy Tahoe to look like a Border Patrol vehicle.
A Border Patrol agent from the Laredo sector last Thursday afternoon noticed something wasn’t quite right about what appeared to be a government SUV.
The SUV had the words “Border Patrol” and “U.S. Customs and Border Protection” on the sides, an official-looking insignia and a green stripe.
He followed the vehicle northbound on Interstate 35 before stopping the truck, finding 12 passengers inside. A Border Patrol statement says the driver was also arrested in the human smuggling investigation.