REYNOSA, TAMAULIPAS.- A suspected human smuggler carrying six illegal immigrants in Texas led authorities on a high-speed chase before crashing near a shopping mall, officials said on Wednesday, November 9th.
A human smuggler led agents from the U.S. Border Patrol and the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) on a high-speed chase in McAllen, Texas, – which is right across the U.S.-Mexico border, next to the Mexican city of Reynosa, in the state of Tamaulipas.
The vehicle crashed near a shopping mall, Texas DPS Lt. Chris Olivarez said in a tweet Wednesday afternoon. The driver, passenger, and six illegal immigrants fled on foot, he said.
DPS agents arrested the driver and passenger – both 17 – for human smuggling. Three of the illegal immigrants were arrested and referred to U.S. Border Patrol. The passenger was in possession of a handgun, Olivarez said.
He indicated that the arrest was part of Operation Lone Star, an initiative by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott to help secure the Texas-Mexico border.
Source: El Mañana