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Waco Police: 17-year-old facing charges after 4 individuals being smuggled discovered in traffic stop

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Posted at 5:28 PM, Dec 09, 2022
and last updated 2022-12-09 18:28:43-05

A 17-year-old is facing charges after Waco police discovered four individuals that were smuggled across the U.S.- Mexico border during a traffic stop.

Waco police arrested Bertin Lopez-Jimenez, who is charged with four counts of smuggling of persons, a second-degree felony.

Police said on Thursday, Dec. 8, two officers responded to an area in South Waco and observed a vehicle with a fictitious license plate.

A traffic stop was conducted which led to the discovery of the four individuals, along with $19,250.

"Homeland Security Investigators assisted with this investigation and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Agents took custody of the four passengers," said Waco police.