Traffic Stop Leads To Human Trafficking Arrest in Post

Published 05/01 2014 05:53PM

Updated 05/01 2014 11:05PM

By Monica Yantosh

POST, TX -- A traffic stop Saturday in Post on Highway 84 lead the Garza County Sheriff's Office to finding 14 men in total in a car.

The Garza County Sheriff's Office said 13 of those men were illegal immigrants and they believe the car was heading to California.

Garza County Sheriff Terry Morgan said they were first alerted to the SUV Saturday by a call-in from an ambulance on the way to Lubbock. They told dispatch they saw a car driving erratically. Eventually, the Garza County Sheriff's Office initiated a traffic stop, and that's when they found 13 men and the driver inside the SUV.

"Almost dragging the ground, had California plates, blacked out windows, and they said that the car was driving erratically," Sheriff Morgan said about what the caller told dispatch.

Sheriff Morgan also said they get a lot of leads in Garza County from people calling in things they see.

Sheriff Morgan said they were also assisted by a Game Warden with Texas Parks and Wildlife, as well as two DPS troopers. The men were then turned over to Border Patrol.

"This is the first big deal we've had, we had some instances where we've had one or two people," Sheriff Morgan said.

"We put ourselves on high alert and doing a little more training on what to watch for, because supposedly this is a new corridor to run the immigrants through," he said.

Sheriff Morgan said he was told the driver faces 13 charges of human smuggling, and one count of endangering a child as one of the men was under 18 years old.

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