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Border Patrol: Accused juvenile arrested for human smuggling released from custody without consequences

May 14, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Border Patrol: Accused juvenile arrested for human smuggling released from custody without consequences

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Border Patrol officials revealed that a U.S. citizen arrested for human smuggling was released from custody without repercussions.

Authorities freed the suspect after prosecutors neglected to file charges because the purported human smuggler is a minor.

Border Patrol agents working at the Rio Grande Valley Sector’s (RGV) Weslaco Station were dispatched after receiving a call where witnesses said they saw several individuals being packed into a Ford Expedition near Alamo, Texas.

According to reports, agents discovered the vehicle and carried out an immigration inspection.

An inspection of the vehicle showed 13 illegal immigrants. Agents learned that the driver as an underage U.S. citizen.

Agents freed the juvenile after the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Texas refused to prosecute the driver because of the juvenile status.

“Juveniles will fall victim and engage in the illicit activity if their criminal acts go unpunished,” RGV Sector Chief Patrol Agent Manuel Padilla, Jr. announced in a written statement. “Unfortunately, juveniles are vulnerable and easy targets to transnational organizations.”

The Rio Grande Valley Sector heads the U.S. in illegal border crossings. In March, authorities revealed a 203% increase in apprehensions along the Mexican border. Close to 61% of all border arrests take place in Texas.

From October 2017 through March 2018, RGV Sector agents apprehended 9,729 illegals including 2,923 families and 1,406 unaccompanied minors.

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