Florida Highway Patrol thwarted two more human smugglers from delivering illegal immigrants into the state of Florida.
According to Florida Highway Patrol, on Monday at 3:01 PM, FHP Troopers conducted a traffic stop on I-75 in Hernando County on a 2013 Toyota Sienna for a fraudulent Texas temporary tag violation.
Troopers say the driver, unlicensed, was detained while interviews were conducted with two passengers in the vehicle who revealed the driver was paid $1500 to transport each to Florida.
The passengers, undocumented aliens, were turned over to the US Border Patrol while the driver, Juan Carlos Cueva Cano, 25, of Honduras, was arrested and delivered to Hernando County Jail for Human Smuggling, No Valid Driver License, No Vehicle Registration and Possessing a Counterfeit Tag.
Shortly after the first traffic stop, FHP Troopers at 3:07 PM initiated another traffic stop on a 2009 Ford E-350 Passenger Van on I-75 in Sumter County for a window tint violation.
The driver, Gustavo Santiago Cruz, 37, of Mexico, possessed a valid Washington driver’s license, but had a suspended Florida license and was detained by Troopers.
Interviews with four male passengers revealed all were undocumented aliens from Mexico paying the driver $200 each for transport to Florida.
The passengers were delivered to the US Border Patrol while the driver was arrested and delivered to the Sumter County Jail for Human Smuggling and Driving With a Suspended License.
Last Thursday, November 4, Troopers detained Soto Perez, a smuggler, for the driver’s license violation and located a large sum of U.S. currency on him, as well as several receipts indicating large currency transfers to Mexico.
Soto Perez was later arrested for No Valid Driver’s License and four counts of Smuggling per FSS 787.07.1 and delivered to the Sumter County Jail.
The four passengers, all unknown to one another, had paid for transport to the Tampa area and were transferred to the US Border Patrol who confirmed they had entered the United States illegally.
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