Dozen immigrants detained in fake Border Patrol SUV in Laredo

U.S. Border Patrol truck parked on the Texas-Mexico border (AP Photo/Alicia A. Caldwell)

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. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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