FLOYDADA, TX (KCBD) - According to recently unsealed federal documents, a man from Mexico has been arrested and charged with nine counts of "alien smuggling."
On May 25, 2018, just before 9 a.m., a Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper pulled over a white Chrysler Town and Country minivan in Floydada for excessive speed. The driver, Fermin Herrera-Angeles, did not have any legal forms of identification on him, but investigators determined he is a citizen and national of Mexico.
The minivan, with Pennsylvania license plates, had nine other people inside.
Documents say Herrera-Angeles was transporting two citizens and nationals of Honduras, five citizens and nationals of Guatemala, one citizen and national of Mexico and one citizen and national of El Salvador. All were illegally present in the United States.
All 10 of them were taken to the Lubbock Border Patrol Station for processing.
Homeland Security Investigations was notified and responded to investigate.
According to the affidavit, Wendully Alvarez, 28, of Honduras told investigators she knew she was being smuggled and her final destination was to be Seattle, Washington. She told investigators her relatives paid her smuggling fee.
David Jonathan Giron-Escobar, 27, of Guatemala said he paid $10,000 to be smuggled to Dallas from Guatemala.
Gustavo Flores-Soto, 23, of Mexico said his father paid $5,000 to have his son Gustavo smuggled from Hidalgo, Mexico to Mesa, Arizona.
The documents say Herrera-Angeles told investigators he knowingly agreed to transport nine "illegal aliens" from Texas to other destinations. He said he was to take them to Phoenix, Arizona; Las Vegas, Nevada; and California. He said the families of the "illegal aliens" paid him to transport them.
Herrera-Angeles was arrested and charged with multiple counts of alien smuggling. Alvarez, Giron-Escobar and Flores-Soto were detained as material witnesses and are being held in the Lubbock County Detention Center on a hold for US Customs and Immigration and US Marshals.