DEL RIO, TX – U.S. border parol agents arrested a Mexican on Tuesday for trying to smuggle 16 illegal aliens across the border.
At around 2 a.m. on April 2 Border Patrol agents arrested a group of 16 undocumented Mexican nationals after they illegally crossed the border near Comstock.
They were transported to the Comstock Station for processing, during which agents determined one of the individuals had guided the rest of the group for profit. Gabriel Cardenas-Richar, 56, of Mexico, was the man in charge of the group and was charged with conspiracy to transport illegal aliens.
“Transnational Criminal Organizations continue to exploit the humanitarian crisis on the border to smuggle immigrants who are attempting to evade detection,” said Del Rio Sector Acting Chief Patrol Agent Louie W. Collins. “I commend our Border Patrol agents for thwarting this smuggling attempt.”
The rest of the of the group was processed per U.S. Customs and Border Protection guidelines.