Border Patrol agents in Texas arrested 24 illegal immigrants suspected of being part of a human smuggling operation that used local railways to travel across south Texas, US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced Tuesday.
In a statement, CBP said the Border Patrol’s Corpus Christi station received a 911 call on Oct. 8 reporting 10 suspected illegal immigrants walking near train tracks west of Robstown, just outside the city.
Border Patrol, working with the Nueces County Sheriff’s Office and Robstown police, arrested 22 migrants, the statement said. The group was carrying a bag with bolt cutters inside, which authorities believed were being used to break into train cars.
As agents were waiting to transport the group, they noticed a “suspicious” blue GMC