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Woman Faces Charges for Smuggling Attempt Turned Kidnapping

4 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago Tuesday, June 18 2019 Jun 18, 2019 June 18, 2019 5:20 PM June 18, 2019 in News - Local

WESLACO – An American woman is facing federal charges in a smuggling attempt that turned into a kidnapping.

A 19-year-old immigrant woman was smuggled into the U.S. two years ago.

Smugglers took her to a gas station and ordered her to board the top of a tractor trailer.

When the woman refused, she was taken and held in a McAllen hotel against her will.

Court documents state the smugglers used guns to hold her there until her family paid a ransom of $4,400.

The immigrant woman was released.

Charges were filed against a 21-year-old U.S born woman last week.

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