Border crisis edging closer

Human smuggling trifecta leads to crashes, jailings

Kimberly Rubio

Assistant editor

Three people have been arrested on charges of smuggling persons, with two of the three individuals leading law enforcement officials on chases before their apprehension.

Uvalde County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Gumecindo Rocha was stationary at the Shell gas station just off Highway 90 East in Knippa at approximately 10:41 p.m. Monday when he observed a green Pontiac GGT traveling east on the roadway with a defective headlight.

Rocha initiated his emergency lights to perform a traffic stop. The vehicle stopped near County Road 303. As Rocha exited his vehicle, four men exited the Pontiac and ran toward County Road 303.

The driver, Ryan Alexander Kelley, 23, of San Antonio, was detained. Once additional deputies and United States Border Patrol agents arrived at the scene, one of the four people who fled was captured. According to the sheriff’s department, the man was a Honduran national in the United States illegally.

The man said Kelley agreed to transport the people from Laredo to San Antonio. The vehicle was spotted via camera at the Laredo corridor.


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