Authorities Charge Suspects With Human Smuggling in Texas

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( – On Thursday, June 6, the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office along with a number of other agencies busted an alleged human smuggling operation that included a trailer and a stash house in San Antonio. Authorities found seven suspects and 26 victims. 

Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar revealed that the trailer had come from the Laredo area and that 26 migrants had been hidden in a false compartment. The seven suspects who are facing charges in this case range in age from 21 to 45 years old and were identified as Abeldaro Herrera, Cristobal Eduardo Deleon, Ismael Hernandez, Jose Marvin Hernandez, Mario Enrique Elizondo, Rafael Mendoza, and Vanessa Castillo. 

Deleon, Mendoza, and Herrera have been charged with 26 counts of human smuggling. They are also facing charges for being engaged in organized criminal activity along with Hernandez, Castillo, and Elizondo. Hernandez, however, is facing different charges as he is only facing one charge for evading arrest. 

The sheriff’s office revealed that all of the victims had been given medical care and had been taken to a safe location. Out of all the victims, 12 suffered from minor injuries and heat-related problems. One of the victims was also taken to the hospital to be treated for cardiac-related issues and dehydration. 

The victims ranged in age from 18 to 54 and included six women and 20 men. They came from various countries including Guatemala, Venezuela, Honduras, and Mexico. 

On the property, the sheriff’s office also discovered several vehicles that the suspects allegedly used to drive around. All the vehicles were seized. 

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