Federal indictment for Mexican national arrested in Floyd County

Federal indictment for Mexican national arrested in Floyd County

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

A federal grand jury has indicted a Mexican national on three counts of smuggling people into the United States. Fermin Herrera-Angeles was arrested in Floyd County, northeast of Lubbock, May 25.

Each count is for transportation of illegal aliens for private financial gain.

As we reported June 1, agents say Fermin Herrera-Angeles accepted thousands of dollars to traffic nine people throughout the western United States.

Court documents indicate a DPS trooper pulled over Herrera-Angeles's minivan for speeding; he called Border Patrol agents when the defendant didn't have any legal ID and found nine other people inside the van.

Border Patrol agents report Herrera-Angeles is a Mexican citizen, and found all nine immigrants were illegally inside the US. CBP agents took two Hondurans, five Guatemalans, a second Mexican, and an El Salvadoran into custody.

According to the criminal complaint, Wendully Alvarez -- from Honduras -- told Homeland Security agents her relatives paid for her to be smuggled to Seattle; agents report David Giron-Escobar, a Guatemalan citizen, told them he paid $10,000 to be trafficked into Dallas; and the affidavit indicates Gustavo Flores-Soto told investigators his father paid $5,000 to get Flores-Soto smuggled to Mesa, Arizona. 

The criminal complaint indicates Herrera-Angeles, the accused smuggler, confessed to the trafficking operation, accepting money to transport nine undocumented immigrants from Texas to other destinations, including Phoenix, Las Vegas, and Los Angeles. 

Alvarez, Giron-Escobar, and Flores-Soto are being held as material witnesses in the investigation, and will go before an immigration judge on June 13. The Border Patrol reports it's processing the other unidentified immigrants.

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