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18 illegal immigrants found trapped inside locked refrigerated trailer while traveling from Mexico to Texas

By Mason White 1:12 PM May 7, 2017
Illegal immigrants trapped inside cold trailer
Illegal immigrants trapped inside cold trailer
By: Tanya Clark

(Scroll down for video) A group of illegal immigrants are lucky to be alive after police rescued them from a locked refrigerated tractor trailer, according to police in Texas.

U.S. Border Patrol agents rescued 18 people from the locked tractor trailer at the Falfurrias Checkpoint early on Wednesday morning.

The rescue occurred when the refrigerated tractor trailer was referred for secondary inspection after a K9 alerted agents to suspicious activity.

During inspection, Falfurrias agents discovered the immigrants concealed within produce with the temperature set at 51 degrees in the trailer.

The immigrants had no means of escape from the trailer since it was locked on the outside. Agents had to use bolt cutters to remove the lock as the driver did not have the key.

The driver, a Mexican national, was arrested and referred for prosecution. The immigrants came from various countries, including Mexico, Colombia, Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala and Kosovo.

Officials urged immigrants not to jeopardize their lives by illegally entering the United States or by attempting to circumvent a checkpoint.