Two suspects were arrested and charged after found smuggling in known illegal immigrants on Monday.
According to the McLennan County Sheriff’s Office, at approximately 10:34 p.m. deputy Jeremy Bost and Lieutenant Joseph Ballew conducted a traffic stop on a black Dodge Avenger at the 700 block of Northbound I-35 in Bellmead.
The traffic stop was conducted after observing the suspect vehicle to be displaying an expired license plate that expired in August of 2018.
The driver, 19-year-old Abigail Contreras, admitted to transporting two known illegal immigrants who had entered the country on Monday. Both subjects were found in possession of fictitious identification cards. The passenger, 19-year-old, Jesus Rodriguez was also arrested and charged.
One of the backseat passengers, 25-year-old Fernando Torres-Rocha, was arrested for an outstanding warrant for probation violation issued by the Dallas County Sheriff’s Office.
Torres-Rocha and the other backseat passenger, 19-year-old Ramiro Torres-Najera, paid smugglers $18,000 pesos to go through the desert over a 3-day period with a group of illegal immigrants.
Border Patrol captured most of the group near Piedra Negras, Mexico, and Fernando and Ramiro got away. They also paid an additional $4,700 to additional smugglers to go to Dallas, according to the McLennan County Sheriff’s Office.
All three subjects were arrested and charged.
Contreras and Rodriguez were charged and arrested with smuggling of persons and fraudulent use/ possession identifying. Torres-Rocha was charged and arrested with outstanding probation violation.
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