DEL RIO, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Eagle Pass Station arrested a 31-year-old United States citizen for facilitating the smuggling of 13 undocumented aliens on Feb. 6.
“Unscrupulous human smugglers expose people to dangerous and inhumane conditions,” said Del Rio Sector Chief Patrol Agent Raul L. Ortiz. “For them, it is all about monetary gain with no regard for the physical and mental well-being of the person being smuggled.”
On Feb. 5, agents responded to a call of possible illegal aliens at a local motel. Upon arrival agents observed suspicious activity and questioned 13 adult individuals as to their citizenship. After further investigation, it was determined that the nine Honduran nationals, of which one was an unaccompanied juvenile, and four Mexican nationals were illegally present in the U.S. The subjects had been staying at the local motel waiting to be smuggled further into the U.S.
On Feb. 6, a 31-year-old woman was identified as the suspected facilitator of the smuggling operation and was arrested by federal agents. The case was turned over to Homeland Security Investigations.
The suspected facilitator faces felony charges under 8 USC 1324, alien smuggling, and if convicted could receive up to 10 years in prison. All illegal aliens are processed in accordance with U.S. Customs and Border Protection guidelines.
To report suspicious activity call the Del Rio Sector’s toll free number at 1-866-511-8727.
CBP.gov (February, 2020) Border Patrol Agents Arrest 14 in a Failed Smuggling Attempt