In this image tweeted by David Caltabiano of KABB/WOAI, a heavily damaged SUV is seen on Texas Highway 85 in Big Wells, Texas, after crashing during the transport of more than a dozen people on the flight from Border Patrol agents.
(David Caltabiano/KABB/WOAI via AP File)
Texas officials on Wednesday announced against five people for an alleged “smuggling scheme,” with one of the five people accused of leading authorities on a chase that ended in a crash that killed number of illegal immigrants.
The episode is on Tuesday began when U.S. Border Patrol agents attempted to conduct “immigration inspections” on three vehicles traveling together between El Indio and Carrizo Springs, Texas, a press release from the U. S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Texas said.
A chase followed as the Jorge Luis Monsivais, Jr., 20, sped away, authorities said, and the vehicle eventually crashed after arrival in Big Wells, Texas, which several people ride with him dead or injured.
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“13 illegal immigrants travel with Monsivais at the time of the crash, four of them died on the spot and nine were transported to a hospital for medical care,” the press release said. “Died on the way to the hospital.”
Officials said nearly two dozen illegal immigrants, all of whom were Mexican or Honduran nationals were held.
At the time of the crash, Monsivais was on supervised release for a federal levy, The Associated Press reported. Court documents viewed by the exhaust turned out Monsivais was arrested “transport” three immigrants to San Antonio for an average price of $1,500 per person. He has been sentenced to more than a year in prison and three years supervised release.
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Monsivais and Marcial Gomez Santana, 55, as well as the “residents” Mariela Reyna, 44, Rudy Gomez, 21, and Johana Gomez, 19, were all struck with the federal counts of conspiracy to transport illegal aliens resulting in death, conspiracy to transport and harbor illegal aliens, resulting in serious bodily injury and conspiracy to harbor illegal aliens, the press release said.
Officials also charged Monsivais with a substantive count of transporting illegal aliens resulting in death and a substantive count of transportation of illegal aliens resulting in serious bodily injury. The other four people were also charged with harboring illegal immigrants for private financial gain, the press release said.
Santana and Reyna are both Mexican citizens, the press release said, while the other three suspects are from Texas.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.