Border Patrol agents rescue 4 people hidden beneath 900 pounds of oranges

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Tuesday, November 3, 2015

FALFURRIAS, TX (KTRK) -- U.S. Border Patrol agents from the Rio Grande Valley Sector rescued 10 people in three separate incidents this past weekend.

The most unique rescue occurred when a Chevrolet pickup truck approached the Falfurrias checkpoint. During an immigration inspection, a Border Patrol K-9 alerted to the bed of the vehicle. Upon further inspection, agents rescued four immigrants, who were concealed in the bed of the pickup truck underneath a 10-inch tall plywood platform. The platform was covered with 90 bags of oranges weighing a total of 900 pounds. A fifth illegal immigrant was found hiding in the cab of the vehicle behind the seats. The driver, who is a United States citizen, was arrested and the case was turned over to Homeland Security Investigations.

Two additional rescues occurred over the weekend in which a total of five illegal immigrants were found locked inside in the trunks of vehicles.