South Texas Border Patrol agents arrested a young smuggler on Wednesday after he attempted to bail on his human payload while his vehicle was still in motion.
Agents pulled over Miguel Torres in the long and vacant stretch of land north of the Rio Grande Valley near Norias, Texas, after noticing his van was “riding low.”
Torres then reportedly veered into traffic before jumping out of his van, which contained nine illegal immigrants.
The young man was eventually captured and charged with “smuggling aliens,” and will be in the custody of US Marshals following a brief stint in the Cameron County jail.
The incident is yet another illustration of how smugglers have little regard for their human cargo, and have grown emboldened by the prospect of endless profits, paying little heed to Obama’s empty promises and Gov. Rick Perry’s show of force.
Last week we highlighted an instance in which a Texas Game Warden was attacked by a smuggler while surveying an area near the southern U.S. border.
When the officer approached, “the smuggler with the group resisted arrest and began hitting the warden as he tried to make his way back to Mexico,” a Texas Parks & Wildlife spokesperson told CBS affiliate Action 4 News.
The week before that, we reported smugglers likely working with cartels in South Texas were relying on booby traps to keep their criminal enterprises afloat. One human trafficker led federal agents on a chase through five different South Texas communities before throwing road spikes, or caltrops, at his pursuers in a bold escape attempt.
Earlier this month, we also showed how smugglers in the Texas border town of Roma were undeterred by the presence of news crews and proceeded to go about conducting their illegal business in broad daylight, inflating rafts, receiving payments and sending people over the river.
Despite smugglers’ renewed confidence, law enforcement agencies have been able to make some progress in stemming the risky, but lucrative trade.
Last week, the ICE Homeland Security Investigations bureau announced that an initiative dubbed Operation Coyote netted close to 200 smugglers operating in and around the southern U.S. border and recovered about $600,000 in ill-gotten profits.