Smuggler not making eye contact with agent leads to immigrant bust
Sun, 23 Feb 2014 20:22:00 GMT —
A woman is behind bars after not making eye contact with Border Patrol agents, which lead to an immigrant bust.
Dora Alicia Elizondo and the three immigrants present in the U.S. illegally were traveling on Highway 83 near Garceno, Texas when Border Patrol in the area noticed them not making eye contact with the agent.
The agent also saw a child in the front seat of the Mercury Grand Marquis Elizondo was driving, and in the back seat the agent noticed three people slouching.
The driver of the car then pulled into "El Tigre" to fill up with gas, and agents notices she pulled into the gas station rather quickly without turning on her blinker, which is another sign of nervousness, according to a criminal complaint.
The documents states, as the agents were keeping an eye on the area, they noticed no one in the car making eye contact and they were not talking to each other.
The driver then left the gas pump and pulled up to the front of the store.
That's when U.S. Border Patrol approached the car.
Agents asked about their citizenship and determined that Elizondo was indeed a U.S. citizen.
However, she was "very nervous" and "visibly shaking when answering" the question, the criminal complaint filed in the U.S. District Court states.
Elizondo allegedly said she was coming from Roma and that the three passengers were her daughter's friends.
However, agents documented that the daughter appeared to be no more than 10-years-old and the passengers were all adults.
When questioned about previously transporting immigrants without proper documentation, the woman allegedly admitted she had.
Elizondo then admitted that the 10-year-old was her daughter, but the three passengers in the back seat were present in the U.S. illegally, documents state.
The daughter was then released to her grandmother at the scene.
The four arrested were transported to the Rio Grande City Border Patrol Station.
When authorities questioned the immigrants, they allegedly said that Elizondo picked them up, and when they got in her car she told them to put their seat belts on and pray for good luck.
They were arrested on February 18, 2014 and the smuggler was charged with a felony.
She is currently in custody of the U.S. Marshals.
Elizondo is scheduled for a sentencing hearing on February 25, 2014 at 11:30 before Magistrate Judge Dorina Ramos for the alleged crime.