Hidalgo teen charged with immigrant smuggling
A Hidalgo teenager is facing criminal charges after being caught smuggling illegal immigrants in a pickup truck just blocks away from the Rio Grande River.
Hidalgo police arrested 17-year-old Charles Michael Smith on state human smuggling charges on Thursday.
Investigators told Action 4 News that city police received an anonymous tip about human smuggling activity.
A patrol officer saw Smith's truck in the area and made a traffic stop.
Police said several people were inside the cab and crammed into the bed of the pickup truck.
Smith appeared before a Hidalgo Municipal Court judge where he was issued a $50,000 bond.