MOORE COUNTY, Texas (KFDA) – After a brief police chase, Moore County law enforcement arrested a man charged with trafficking illegal immigrants.
A Moore County deputy attempted to stop a car on US Highway 287 near Cactus for a traffic violation on Saturday, March 5.
The car stopped at Cactus near Ashton Avenue. As the deputy approached the car, officials said the car was gone.
The Cactus Police Department and the Texas Department of Public Safety joined the chase until it came to a halt on U.S. Highway 287 near Farm-to-Market 119.
Law enforcement found six people inside the car, including the driver identified as Alejandro D Godinez Arevalo.
Officials say they learned the other people in the car were illegal immigrants smuggled through Arevalo.
The immigrants were picked up from a safe house in El Paso and taken to Kansas City, Kansas.
MPs say the immigrants paid money in exchange for being transported.
Law enforcement arrested Arevalo and placed him in Moore County Jail on charges of human trafficking and evading arrest.
Since the deputies had no federal jurisdiction, the immigrants were released from the scene. However, deputies say they learned the immigrants hadn’t eaten for several days, so they bought them food and water at no cost to Moore County taxpayers.
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