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Smuggling suspect had pair of immigrants in back seat with infant
The Encinal Police Department is reporting that interception of human smuggling has exposed what its patrolmen describe as reckless behavior by the mother of an infant.
According to a report on the case Friday, August 6, officers assisted Texas DPS Highway Patrol troopers in carrying out a traffic stop on IH-35 that revealed a woman with a baby had been engaged in transporting undocumented immigrants in her vehicle.
It was during a roadside interview with the driver that officers learned she was attempting to smuggle two undocumented immigrants north from the US-Mexico border.
Police officers noted that two men were sitting in the back of the sport utility vehicle next to the woman’s two-month-old baby.
“Before embarking in our careers as police officers, most of us were parents,” the reporting officer wrote in a social media post after the incident. “This is our reality. This is just one of the many irresponsible, inhumane and reckless measures that smugglers go through just for monetary gain.”
US Border Patrol agents took custody of all three suspects.
Encinal police officers report that they handle several human smuggling cases a day and have learned to treat each on a case-by-case basis.
Later that day, shortly before 6 p.m., officers on routine patrol found a man wandering west on Hwy 44.
A report on the case indicates the 30-year-old undocumented immigrant was severely dehydrated, weak and had been lost in the brush for several days.
“He was immediately evaluated by a dual certified EMT and police sergeant,” the officer said. “He was given food and water until he was transferred over to the custody of Border Patrol agents.”
Some 30 minutes before finding the man, officers had initiated a traffic stop on IH-35 just north of Encinal and uncovered yet another attempt at human smuggling.
The driver of a Chevrolet pickup failed to yield when officers initiated a traffic stop and continued along IH-35 at a slow rate of speed before stopping, according to the report. It was when the driver stopped the vehicle that a man absconded into the brush; several undocumented immigrant men that had been traveling in the pickup truck cab and cargo bed were taken into custody.
The Encinal PD has also reported that its officers recently discovered a number of undocumented immigrants hiding aboard a northbound freight train.