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      Hidalgo teen charged with immigrant smuggling

      Charles Michael Smith // Hidalgo Police Department Photo

      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.

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