CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – A 40-year-old Brownsville resident admitted to transporting illegal aliens into the United States, U.S. Attorney Jennifer B. Lowery announced.
On June 30, Gastón Pérez drove a truck attached to a recreational vehicle (RV) to the Javier Vega Border Patrol (BP) checkpoint near Sarita. A short time later, a K-9 alerted law enforcement to the RV. Further inspection revealed people trapped in the back of the trailer. They couldn’t get out on their own due to the sliding exits being attracted and no power to extend them.
Authorities used jumper cables to reset the RV’s battery and operate the sliding exits. Five people were located in the back of the trailer, including two inside a bed. Three additional individuals were discovered in the front of the RV.
Law enforcement used a backscatter machine to scan the trailer and found two anomalies inside a wooden entertainment console. They removed a television and discovered two more individuals sweating profusely.
A total of 10 undocumented people were located in the RV. One of them told authorities she felt like she was going to pass out when she got out of the trailer.
U.S. District Judge Nelva González Ramos will impose the sentence on February 15, 2023. At that time, Perez faces up to five years in prison and a possible maximum fine of $250,000.
Perez was allowed to remain on bail pending that hearing.
BP and Homeland Security Investigations conducted the investigation. Assistant Attorneys General Liesel Roscher and J. Parker Gochenour are prosecuting the case.