3 men charged with smuggling immigrants arrested following prosecution in Kerr, Kendall counties

KERRVILLE, Texas – Three men charged with immigrant smuggling were arrested Tuesday following a 40-mile high-speed chase through Kendall and Kerr counties.

According to the Kerr County Sheriff’s Office, a special units investigator intercepted four eastbound vehicles on Interstate 10 west of Kerrville that allegedly transported undocumented migrants from Mexico to the Hill Country. The suspects attempted to slow the investigator down by trying to lock their vehicles in his.

KCSO deputies joined the chase on I-10, which reached speeds of over 125 mph, officials said. At one point in the chase, one of the suspicious vehicles attempted to pull a KCSO vehicle off the road.

One of the suspicious vehicles exited the highway near kilometer post 524 in Comfort. After a brief search, the vehicle was found nearby but the occupants were not, officials said.

The pursuit moved to Kendall County, where the Boerne Police Department stopped the two remaining vehicles in Boerne without incident.

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The drivers of the two vehicles were arrested. They are identified as Emmanuel Dominguez Marrero, 27, and Homero Castro Jr, 20. A passenger, Luis Silvapardo, 22, was also arrested.

Marrero and Castro were arrested on one count of assault with a deadly weapon and one count of human trafficking, officials said. Silvapardo was arrested on one count of possession of a controlled substance and one count of human trafficking. They are all being held in the Kerr County Jail. Their obligations have not been fixed. Additional fees may be added as the investigation continues.

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