Posted: May 2, 2012 6:36 PM
Updated: May 2, 2012 7:46 PM
EDINBURG - Border Patrol agents detained a total of 111 illegal immigrants in Edinburg. Edinburg police say the group of Central and South Americans we're rescued from a row of hot stash houses.
CHANNEL 5 NEWS spoke to Herman Gonzalez, a Honduran who's tried to enter the United States twice.
He said he risked everything for a better tomorrow for his family. The father of three told us he won't roll the dice a third time.
"I traveled by train and I saw a lot of danger. I encountered some good Mexican people, but there was a lot of danger," he explained.
Police found Gonzalez with a group of illegal immigrants trapped inside three homes at the end of a dirt road off University Drive. The last home was locked on the outside. The windows were blocked by burglar bars. Someone in the group called 911.
The officers used bolt cutters to open up the door. Once it was open, people inside took off running. "It was obvious at that point that these were illegal immigrants and this was apparently a stash house," said Lt. Oscar Trevino of the Edinburg Police Department.
Our cameras captured several painted plastic water jugs. Police say the supplies didn't reach everyone in the group.
"Seven of these illegals had to be transported to local hospitals for treatment. Some of them hadn't eaten or drank water in three to five days. They're dehydrated and malnourished... and needed quick medical attention," said Trevino.
Instead of dwelling on the dangers Gonzalez has already braved or the failure he's found along the road, he's holding onto hope there's something waiting for him back home.
"There will always be another opportunity in my country," he told us. If nothing else, his daughters will welcome him with open arms.
Trevino told us two men were taken into custody for questioning. One of those suspects had keys to a vehicle, possibly used to transport the group, and another had a large sum of cash.