Records: La Joya policeman busts 'known human smuggler' after spotting him in traffic
A La Joya policeman spotted a familiar face driving on U.S. 83 last week — a "known human smuggler" named Ladislado Dominguez, according to the federal criminal complaint against him.
On Wednesday, the policeman watched a Chevrolet HHR following a Chevrolet Malibu east on U.S. 83.
"As the police officer pulled close to the Chevrolet HHR, he recognized the driver as Ladislado Dominguez, a known human smuggler operating in the area," according to the criminal complaint.
Officers stopped the HHR and detained the driver, 32-year-old Ladislado Dominguez of Mission, and the front-seat passenger, a Mexican citizen named Rosa Iveth Rodriguez De Leon. They also stopped the Malibu and detained the driver, 36-year-old Melanie Bourbois of Mission, and four passengers who weren't legally present in the United States.
The La Joya Police Department contacted Border Patrol, which took custody of all seven people.
"Bourbois stated she was instructed by her friend 'Rosie' to pick up four subjects in Los Ebanos, Texas," according to the criminal complaint. "She further stated 'Rosie' instructed her to take her cousins (the four subjects) to her house since she did not have any space in her vehicle."
Bourbois, Dominguez and Rodriguez were charged with bringing in and harboring aliens.
Attorneys for Bourbois and Dominguez didn't respond to requests for comment. An attorney for Rodriguez declined to comment.