Human trafficking charges pending
A human trafficking ring was broken up at about 10:00 am, by Jasper County officers Thursday. The operation was passing through Jasper on Hwy. 96, just north of Kirbyville, as it transported illegal aliens from Mexico to New York and North Carolina.
According to Deputy Chief, Ralph Nichols, JCSO Deputy James Cook stopped a GMC Yukon with Oklahoma license plates after the vehicle had made several abrupt lane changes, without using a signal.
The SUV held seven Hispanic people, five men and two women. The driver of the vehicle and the front seat passenger, were known as “coyotes” – the people who transport illegal aliens, usually for a price.
According to officials, none of the people had any identification, and all appeared to be very nervous. All were detained and transported to the Jasper County Jail.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement were contacted and they confirmed that the operation was transporting the illegal aliens from Mexico into the U.S.
Nichols said that both the driver of the vehicle, and the front seat passenger will be charged with human trafficking, a second degree felony.
The other five passengers from the vehicle will be charged with illegal entry, and deported.