FHP Troopers patrolling Interstate 75 near Milepost 311 in Sumter County, Florida

Florida Highway Patrol Makes Yet Another Human Smuggling Arrest

FHP Troopers patrolling Interstate 75 near Milepost 311 in Sumter County, Florida
SOURCE: Florida Highway Patrol

Florida Highway Patrol troopers have made another arrest in a growing human smuggling problem on Florida’s highways.

According to troopers, on Tuesday at 3:25 PM, FHP Troopers patrolling Interstate 75 near Milepost 311 in Sumter County, Florida, observed a Dodge Journey with illegal window tint and failing to maintain its travel lane. 

The Trooper conducted a traffic stop and contacted the driver who had no driver’s license.  The driver was operating the vehicle on behalf of the vehicle owner who was the front seat passenger of the vehicle. 

Five other males were also inside the vehicle. 

Troopers say the men were traveling from Alabama, all of whom had recently entered the United States illegally in Arizona, and were paying to be driven to Florida. 

The US Border Patrol took custody of the driver and five passengers as FHP Troopers arrested the vehicle owner, Simon Mendoza Robles, 33, of Mexico for six counts of human smuggling. 

Mendoza Robles was later delivered to the Sumter County Jail.

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