Semi-truck driver dies in US CBP detention

On February 17, 2024, a grim turn of events unfolded at the U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint on Interstate 35, near Laredo, Texas, leading to the death of a 43-year-old U.S. citizen. At approximately 6:45 p.m., a red tractor-trailer was stopped for inspection. A Border Patrol K-9 alerted to the presence of individuals hidden within the cab, leading to the discovery of seven undocumented noncitizens.

The driver was arrested following the find and, after a standard procedure, was placed in a detention cell for further processing. Despite a seemingly routine process, the situation took a tragic turn later that evening. After making a monitored call to his mother, the driver was found unresponsive in his cell, suspended by his jacket. Despite immediate life-saving attempts by agents and EMS personnel, he was pronounced deceased at Doctors Hospital of Laredo.

The incident, captured partially on body-worn cameras due to a malfunctioning video recording system at the checkpoint, has sparked an investigation by local and federal authorities. The Webb County Medical Examiner’s Office conducted an autopsy, and the incident is currently under investigation by the Webb County Sheriff’s Office, the Medical Examiner’s Office, and CBP’s Office of Professional Responsibility, with the Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General being notified.

This tragic event raises questions about the treatment and safety of individuals in border custody and has prompted a comprehensive review of procedures and safety measures at Border Patrol facilities.–Web Desk