Tag: smuggling

Routine Traffic Stop in Weslaco Yields Human Trafficking Cargo

Weslaco (KFXV) – A man ends up in jail after he was arrested for human smuggling in Weslaco. A DPS trooper stopped a 2017 dodge traveling on us 281 on Sunday for a traffic violation. During inspection the officer discovered two individuals concealed in the vehicle’s floor board behind the driver seat. The driver, 22-year-old Jonathan Guzman of Edinburg was arrested and charged with smuggling of persons. He was then transported to the Hidalgo County Jail. Meanwhile the two individuals who were discovered, were turned over to Border...

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Known Human Smuggler Arrested in Starr County

STARR COUNTY (KFXV) — A woman involved in human trafficking is behind bars tonight. According to authorities, Abigail Del Angel, originally from Mexico, operated out of Rio Grande City, and allegedly smuggled up to 75 undocumented immigrants per week. Authorities had previously removed Del Angel for her involvement in smuggling and dwelling illegally in the United States. Since 2016, she maintained a low profile due to increasing pressure from the state and federal authorities. She received a sentence of 90 days in...

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11 Undocumented Immigrants Rescued From Drowning

McAllen (KFXV) — 11 undocumented immigrants thrown into the river by smugglers are rescued. On Monday night, Border Patrol agents rescued seven children and four adults from drowning in the Rio Grande that were traveling by raft. Five of the children were under the age of nine, including a one-year-old baby. At about 10:20 at night agents patrolling the river saw several people in the water struggling to stay afloat. Agents on the bank of the river quickly rescued the children and adults while the smugglers, who wore life jackets,swam back to Mexico. All the subjects were safely escorted...

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Woman Caught Smuggling Minor Across Pharr International Bridge

WESLACO (KFXV) — US Customs and Border Protection thwarted a 20-year-old woman from Weslaco from attempting to smuggle an 11-year-old from Mexico across the Pharr International Bridge. During a routine inspection, the woman presented agents a U.S. Birth certificate, claiming the minor was her brother. During a secondary inspection, officers discovered the birth certificate did not belong to the minor. The woman was arrested for allegedly violating U.S. Immigration...

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16-Year-Old Girl Charged with Smuggling 8 Undocumented Immigrants into U.S.

A 16-year-old girl accused of human smuggling faces a judge today. According to border patrol statistics there are hundreds of local teens involved in this type of crime. The teen is accused and charged with smuggling eight undocumented immigrants in a pickup truck with her boyfriend in the passenger seat. The teen kept quiet with little or no reaction as she faced the judge. Reports indicate the teen tried to cross into the U.S. with the group of undocumented immigrants on April 25th. The teen is expected to appear for her next hearing in court on May...

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