Texas troopers busted a border smuggling operation this week as they stopped a Mexican illegal immigrant who was smuggling a dozen illegal immigrants — including two children — while both in possession of a handgun and cocaine.
Texas’ Department of Public Safety announced that a trooper stopped a Ford Pickup in Uvalde County on US-90.
Video of the incident shows the trooper interviewing the suspect through his window. He asks him for his license and insurance. The driver responds: “I lost it.” He then asks for his ID, at which point he says he lost that too.
June 14, 2023: Troopers find illegal immigrants in a truck in Texas. (Texas DPS)
A search of the vehicle subsequently found a .380 handgun and cocaine. The driver – Sergio Sanchez-Zuniga — will be charged with smuggling, drug possession and unlawful carrying of a weapon, authorities said. The illegal immigrants, who were on their way to San Antonio, were turned over to Border Patrol.
DPS spokesman Chris Olivarez said that the agency has rescued over 900 children from smuggling operations.
June 14, 2023: Texas troopers find a gun in a pickup truck used for smuggling illegal immigrants. (Texas DPS)
Earlier this week, a migrant smuggler led Texas authorities on a high-speed chase on Tuesday along the border, hitting speed of more than 100 mph.
Texas has also been sending migrants to “sanctuary” cities, including most recently Los Angeles, in what Gov. Greg Abbott says is an effort to relieve pressure on the border state from a crisis he blames on the Biden administration.