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Cartel human smugglers using tracking devices on immigrants: Texas Police

August 22, 2016  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Cartel human smugglers using tracking devices on immigrants: Texas Police

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Gulf Cartel human smugglers have been placing GPS devices on their victims in Texas as a part of their continuing criminal pursuits.

It is believed that some of the individuals being smuggled have been forced to carry firearms across the border.

Sgt. Roland Martinez told Breitbart News that Nueces County sheriff’s deputies discovered multiple devices used by human smugglers this week during a routine traffic stop.

A deputy attempted to pull over a man driving a Nissan pickup truck who was tailgating another car. Instead of stopping on the side of the road, the driver tried to flee.

After a short pursuit, the driver finally gave up and surrendered to authorities at a gas station. A number of undocumented immigrants, who were inside of the car, fled on foot. Police officers were able to detain the 54-year-old driver of the car, along with two illegal immigrants from Guatemala. One of the immigrants who escaped is believed to be armed with a handgun tucked inside of his pants.

The car’s driver, who has been identified as 54-year-old Homar De Hoyos of San Juan, Texas, is believed to be a Texas operative of Mexico’s infamous Gulf Cartel, according to Nueces County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy John Galvan. De Hoyos was allegedly given the job of driving the car filled with illegal immigrants from Rio Grande Valley to Houston.

The Gulf Cartel is the criminal drug-trafficking group that is mainly accountable for the continuing increase in human smuggling at the eastern end of the Texas border. In Mexico, the Gulf Cartel can form barricades along highways and use buses to transport illegals to the edges of the Rio Grande River.

Sgt. Martinez announced that the two illegal immigrants that were apprehended were carrying an electronic tracking device in their bags. They informed authorities that the device was being used by human traffickers to track them.

“We believe these devices are used to search for their people, so they (the traffickers) know where they are in case something like this happens and could possibly pick them up again,” Martinez stated, adding that this is the first time they have ever encountered such devices.

After the incident, law enforcement officials alerted ranchers and local farmers to be aware of suspicious activity and asked that residents contact authorities if they come across any illegal immigrants rather than provide food and water.

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