Border Patrol: Teen Released after Foiled Human Smuggling Attempt
MISSION – A teen accused of causing a rollover during a human smuggling attempt is free from custody the day after their arrest, according to Border Patrol.
Agents said the teen took off after spotting law enforcement near Anzalduas Park Wednesday. The driver attempted a maneuver and rolled over, according to the agents.
"They discovered that there were seven people inside that vehicle," said Border Patrol spokesperson Marcelino Medina.
The agency said the teen was found to be a U.S. citizen.
"Cases like this one, in particular, are not uncommon. In fact, they're frequent here in the Rio Grande Valley, particularly Starr County, Rio Grande City," said Medina.
Medina said the number one temptation is money.
"[They're] trying to convert them to become ruthless smugglers that have no regard for human life,” he said.
Agents said six passengers found inside the vehicle were hospitalized.
The driver is free from detention and is not expected to face state or federal prosecution.
Border Patrol said they're actively working in multiple ways, including visiting schools to help educate and discourage these types of crimes.