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South Texas lawyer, activist accused of smuggling immigrants

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - A lawyer and activist is charged with human smuggling after being accused of picking up two immigrants in the U.S. illegally on the side of a South Texas road.

The San Antonio Express-News reports that Armando Treviño was arrested Monday.

A federal complaint alleges that an off-duty Border Patrol agent on U.S. Highway 83 Monday afternoon spotted two people get into a maroon SUV. Agents pulled the SUV over and discovered the two people were from Honduras and had entered the U.S. without legal permission.

The complaint says the immigrants told agents that smugglers had abandoned them after crossing the Rio Grande, and that they had been trying to catch a ride.

Treviño was released after his arrest. His lawyer did not immediately respond to an email message Saturday.

Information from: San Antonio Express-News, http://www.mysanantonio.com

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