Texas Department of Public Safety troopers arrested a smuggler from California after a high-speed chase in Val Verde County. The soldiers found 14 migrants after the chase.
Texas DPS spokesman Lt. Christopher Olivarez tweeted a video showing troopers pursuing a suspected smuggler’s white Chevrolet at high speed in Val Verde County.
A smuggler drove a @TxDPS Trooper on high speed chase on US 277 in Val Verde Co. The driver crashed into a ranch fence and was rescued along with 14 illegal immigrants. The driver, from California, was arrested for human trafficking. #OperationLoneStar pic.twitter.com/irbJs7NImk
— Chris Olivarez (@LtChrisOlivarez) November 17, 2022
The driver refused to stop when the trooper activated his emergency lights. During the chase, a person got out of bed as if to jump out of the moving vehicle, Olivarez said in a statement provided to Breitbart Texas. The driver eventually crashed into a rancher’s gate and continued onto the dirt road.
The driver eventually stopped and jumped out with three other migrants. Border Patrol agents responded to the area and assisted the trooper in locating the driver and a total of 14 immigrants with the assistance of a K-9 team.
Agents identified the immigrants as 12 adults and a 14-year-old juvenile.
Troopers placed the driver, Eduardo Rodriguez Velasquez, under arrest for human trafficking with likelihood of serious bodily injury or death, evading arrest, criminal mischief and criminal trespass. Officials say the driver is a resident of Hollywood, California.
A second incident took place in Kinney County, Texas, when a trooper stopped a man driving a rental truck. The driver told the trooper he was giving the immigrants a ride to the border patrol station or a DPS office. His story didn’t hold up during the interview and the trooper arrested Joshua Hernandez, a resident of Austin, Texas, for human trafficking and possession of marijuana.
ONE @TxDPS Trooper stopped a transit truck on US 90 in Kinney Co. The driver, from Austin, said he was dropping off the passengers (14) at the Border Patrol in Bracketville. 14 illegal immigrants were arrested for smuggling. #OperationLoneStar pic.twitter.com/ABXT5st6d8
— Chris Olivarez (@LtChrisOlivarez) November 18, 2022
The migrants were 12 adults and two minors.
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