Man ar­rested for al­legedly smug­gling six un­doc­u­mented im­mi­grants

Imperial Valley Press - - NEWS - — Vin­cent Osuna, vo­suna@iv­pres­son­line.com

A 55-year-old was ar­rested Tues­day after al­legedly at­tempt­ing to smug­gle six un­doc­u­mented im­mi­grants in­side a ve­hi­cle.

Gus­tavo Tor­res-Soto, city of res­i­dence undis­closed, was taken into cus­tody at about 8:30 p.m. Tues­day near Main Street and North Im­pe­rial Av­enue by Bor­der Pa­trol agents and booked into county jail on sus­pi­cion of bring­ing un­doc­u­mented im­mi­grants into the United States, county Sher­iff’s Of­fice ar­rest records stated. Tor­res was held no bond. Ac­cord­ing to a fed­eral court com­plaint, Bor­der Pa­trol agents ob­served and fol­lowed Tor­res, who was driv­ing a gray Mercedes Sports Util­ity Ve­hi­cle, after he stopped at the in­ter­sec­tion of Bon­es­teele Road and High­way 98, a highly uti­lized area for un­doc­u­mented im­mi­grant trans­port, near Calexico.

While Tor­res drove to­ward See­ley from Bon­es­teele, Bor­der Pa­trol agents ob­served the sil­hou­ettes of mul­ti­ple heads in the back­seat of the Mercedes.

Tor­res even­tu­ally stopped at a house in See­ley, when he was ap­proached by Bor­der Pa­trol agents. At that point, Tor­res is re­ported to have fled on foot, and after a brief pur­suit, he was placed un­der ar­rest.

Agents dis­cov­ered six oc­cu­pants in the SUV. One sub­ject was dis­cov­ered in the rear cargo area of the ve­hi­cle where seat­belt re­straints were un­avail­able.

The six sub­jects were all ques­tioned as to their cit­i­zen­ship, and Bor­der Pa­trol agents later as­cer­tained that they were all Mex­i­can na­tion­als with­out any doc­u­men­ta­tion al­low­ing them to en­ter, live or work in the United States legally.

All six sub­jects were placed un­der ar­rest.

In the court com­plaint, Tor­res stated he would re­ceive $250 per each un­doc­u­mented im­mi­grant.

Three of the un­doc­u­mented im­mi­grants stated they were go­ing to pay be­tween $3,000 and $7,500 to be smug­gled into the United States.

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