As the crisis at the border wages on, a photo has surfaced that shows an illegal alien smuggling victim being transported over the Texas-Mexico border inside a suitcase.

The shocking photo—reported by The Dallas Express—was posted on Facebook by Galveston County Constable Jimmy Fullen, who said the photo was shared with him by a Kinney County deputy working with Operation Lone Star. 

The photo shows a man stuffed inside a suitcase in an attempt to avoid detection from border patrol. 

Fullen told The Dallas Express that the photo was originally taken by Border Patrol agents in Uvalde County, just east of Kinney County, and shared among law enforcement in the region. 

Kinney County is a small rural area located between Del Rio and Eagle Pass on the Texas border and has been a hotspot for human smuggling operations. 

Texas Scorecard has reported on other instances of human smuggling within the state. 

One instance involved a 17-year-old Honduran national who was responsible for causing a head-on crash that killed him, two Americans, and five illegal aliens he was attempting to smuggle into the country. 

Additionally, Texas Scorecard has also reported on an ex-Border Patrol officer pleading guilty to helping Mexican cartels smuggle illegal aliens and narcotics into the U.S. in exchange for cash. 

Although U.S. Customs and Border Protection apprehensions went down significantly in January, compared to record highs during the end of 2023, instances of human smuggling continue. 

Texas has attempted to curb the flow of illegal aliens crossing the border by passing Senate Bill 4 which makes illegal entry a state crime that results in removal. That law has been placed on hold as it moves through the courts.

Texas Scorecard reached out to the Kinney County Sheriff’s Office but did not receive a response by publication. 

Emily Medeiros

Emily graduated from the University of Oklahoma majoring in Journalism. She is excited to use her research and writing skills to report on important issues around Texas.