PLAINVIEW, Texas — The Plainview Police Department said Tuesday that a woman had been arrested November 11 and charged with smuggling a person under the age of 18.
PPD said an officer stopped a vehicle for an unrestrained front passenger and noticed eight other passengers in the back of the vehicle.
Aneyira Nava, of Mexico, provided the officer with a Consular Identification Card, but no other documentation, according to the release.
PPD said all but two of the passengers also only provided Mexico Consular Identification.
According to the release, officers learned that all of the passengers arrived in the U.S. across the U.S.-Mexico border in Arizona on November 5. Additionally, one of the passengers identified themselves as a 17-year-old.
According to the release, the passengers were taken to a safe location and released without charges after PPD consulted with federal agents.
Read the full release below:
On November 11, 2021, at approximately 9:00 a.m., an Officer of the City of Plainview Police Department conducted a traffic stop for an unrestrained front passenger of a grey 2010 Chevrolet Tahoe bearing Arizona registration. During contact with the driver, the Officer observed eight other passengers in the back of the vehicle. The driver provided a Consular Identification Card identifying her as Aneyira Nava, of Mexico. All but two of the passengers also provided Mexico Consular Identification, but no other documentation. During the investigation, Officers were told that all of the passengers arrived in the United States across the Mexican- U.S. border in Arizona on Friday, November 5th. One of the passengers identified himself as being seventeen years of age. Nava told investigators that she was paid by an unknown person to take the passengers from Arizona to Dallas, Texas for work. Nava was placed under arrest for smuggling of a person under the age of 18, a Second-Degree Felony and booked into Hale County Jail. After consulting with federal agents, the passengers were taken to a safe location and released without charges.