Records: Border Patrol agents detain smuggler and two Chinese citizens in McAllen

Border Patrol agents detained two Chinese citizens last week in McAllen after receiving a tip from a concerned citizen.

A tipster told agents that Rosa America Tijerina-Richie "was harboring two undocumented aliens of Asian descent at a Super 8 Hotel in McAllen," according to the federal criminal complaint against her. Agents started watching the hotel.

At 11:50 a.m. on Sept. 25, agents watched Tijerina leave the hotel with a Chinese man and a Chinese woman, according to the criminal complaint. Agents followed Tijerina, who went to the Clarion Inn on Sept. 26.

Tijerina left the Clarion Inn at 11:50 a.m. on Sept. 27 driving a Chevrolet Malibu, according to the criminal complaint. Border Patrol contacted the Hidalgo County Sheriff's Office, which stopped Tijerina for a traffic offense.

Agents questioned Tijerina, who said a smuggler paid her $25 per person to transport people who weren't legally present in the United States, according to the criminal complaint. Border Patrol agents also questioned the Chinese man and the Chinese woman, who admitted illegally crossing the border.

Tijeria is charged with bringing in and harboring aliens.

Court records don't list an attorney for Tijerina, who remains in federal custody and couldn't be reached for comment.

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