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Human smuggling ring in Southern Texas busted

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In Texas and other Southern states, a large-scale human smuggling network was disrupted and destroyed as a result of a massive enforcement operation revealed today by the US Federal Agents and its allies. Eight suspected human traffickers were detained as part of the operation, and their indictments were today made public in the Southern District of Texas.

The people smuggling enterprise was run by Boss Lady, 31, and Erminia Serrano Piedra, also known as Irma. The other defendants are Pedro Hairo Abrigo, 33, Laura Nuber, 40, Kevin Daniel Nuber, 41, alias Captain, as well as Lloyd Bexley, 51, Jeremy Dickens, 45, Katie Ann Garcia, 39, alias Guera, as well as Oliveria Piedra-Campuzana, 53, and Katie Ann Garcia. As a result of accusations that were unsealed today in the SDTX and earlier filed in Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama, all of them were taken into custody.

The indictment says that they profited by aiding in the shady movement and transportation of immigrants within the United States. They claimed to be Mexican, Guatemalan, and Colombian citizens. It is stated that the migrants or their families paid members of the human smuggling group to assist them in traveling illegally into and throughout the United States.

Near the border between the United States and Mexico, the illegal human smuggling network reportedly utilized drivers to pick up migrants and carry them farther into the interior of the country. The migrants were allegedly frequently housed by them in “stash homes” along the road in towns like Laredo and Austin, Texas.

Drivers allegedly employed a variety of techniques to transport migrants, including stuffing people into the rear of tractor-trailers, covered pickup truck beds, repurposed water tanks, or wooden boxes fastened to flatbed trailers.

To transfer migrants, the human smuggling group regularly confined them in cramped places with no ventilation, inadequate climate control, and other conditions that put their lives in peril. According to reports, the group paid its drivers up to $2,500 for each illegally trafficked immigrant.

Those arrested are to be filed for court trial as all the above stated are allegations unless proven guilty by the law.

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