Four men from Mexico have been charged in a smuggling investigation that led to 82 suspected illegal immigrants rescued from a house in Houston.
Prosecutors say Luis Trejo-Onofre, Jose Santos-Solorzano, Jose Victor Perez-Olivas and Gumecindo Jaime-Martinez are charged with harboring, transporting and conspiracy to harbor and transport illegal immigrants. All remained in custody Wednesday pending initial court appearances in Houston.
The mother of a 16-year-old Nicaraguan girl flagged down a Houston police officer last week to report smugglers were holding the teen. The woman said she paid to have the girl transported but the smugglers demanded more cash.
A tip led to a Sept. 19 raid of a house and 82 immigrants from six countries. The girl was among those rescued. All were detained pending decisions on their immigrant status.