Human smuggling suspect released on $5,000 bond; Police fear he will flee
HOUSTON – Homeland Security agents and Houston police rescued six naked men from a human trafficking operation Monday at an apartment in southwest Houston. READ: Man accused of smuggling after 6 people found inside southwest Houston apartmentAt his probable cause hearing this morning, the prosecutors asked for a high bond of $25,000. So I’m going to set your bond in the amount of $5,000 and grant you a personal bond on this charge,” Castro said in court. District Attorney Johna Stallings said a high bond was is needed in the case to ensure Chavez doesn’t flee and to ensure the victims are protected. “As a prosecutor of smuggling, trafficking and violent offenses, I don’t think it’s appropriate that a personal bond be granted in this case,” Stallings said.
Woman’s cousin among 30 people rescued in human smuggling operation in Houston
A woman says authorities found her cousin stripped down to his underwear, but alive when police busted a possible human smuggling operation. On Thursday night, Houston police said a man escaped from a home and ran nearly naked through a southwest Houston neighborhood, screaming he’d been kidnapped. Thursday night, Baquedano left the southwest Houston neighborhood with hope, but also uncertainty … was her cousin among the rescued victims. “I don’t care about the money, I just care that he’s alive,” Baquedano said. Three persons of interests have been detained in relation to the possible human smuggling operation.