EL PASO, Texas — Special agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) on Tuesday arrested a Mexican man on alien smuggling charges after discovering 54 illegal aliens, including two unaccompanied teenagers, in an overcrowded residence in south El Paso.
Members of the HSI El Paso Border Enforcement Security Task Force (BEST), which includes U.S. Border Patrol agents and ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) officers, executed a search warrant at a duplex in the 100 block of Seville Drive, which was being used to harbor illegal aliens who were smuggled into the United States. The group consisted of 45 adult males, five adult females, two accompanied teenagers, and two teenagers traveling alone from the following five nations: Belize, Brazil, El Salvador, Guatemala and Mexico.
Some of the illegal aliens had been at the stash house for more than a week. Several individuals required medical attention for injuries they sustained while crossing into the United States.
The Mexican man allegedly responsible for harboring these illegal aliens was arrested on federal charges and remains in custody.
This remains an ongoing HSI-led criminal investigation.