Records:Truck driver paid$2,500 per person smuggled over the border in cold conditions
FALFURRIAS, Texas (KGBT) - Border Patrol agents found 19 undocumented immigrants inside a tractor-trailer early Friday morning at the Falfurrias checkpoint, according to a news release from U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
The truck driver, Jesus Migel Robledo, faces bringing in and harboring aliens charges, according to court records.
During an interview with agents, Robledo said that "he knew the individuals were in the trailer and that he was going to be paid $2500 per individual. Robledo further advised that he was going to call 'El Juanito' upon arrival into San Antonio for further instructions," the criminal complaint states.
Three undocumented immigrants told agents they had been in the trailer since Thursday night. The temperature inside the tractor-trailer was recorded at 46.7 degrees Fahrenheit at the time of the discovery of the 19 undocumented immigrants from Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, according to the news release.
Court records don't list an attorney for Robledo.
The discovery comes weeks after the Joint Task Force-West South Texas Corridor launched Operation Big Rig, an initiative with federal, state and local agencies to bring awareness and prevent human smuggling in commercial vehicles.