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US Border Patrol agents arrest human smuggling suspect on Ohio Turnpike
By Jack Shea,
PORT CLINTON, Ohio (WJW) – U.S. Border Patrol agents say a traffic stop on the Ohio Turnpike , led to the discovery of a human trafficking ring and the arrest of a suspect who has a long history of ignoring U.S. immigration laws.
The story began to unfold on Saturday morning when a trooper with the Ohio State Highway Patrol pulled over a minivan on the turnpike near Port Clinton after noticing a crack in the windshield.
According to a Border Patrol report, the trooper discovered there were eleven passengers in the minivan that has seating for seven.
After speaking with the driver, a citizen of Mexico, the trooper contacted Border Patrol agents, who responded to the scene.
A search revealed that the driver had a large amount of cash in his clothes and his wallet.
While speaking with the passengers, agents learned that they crossed the border from Mexico into the U.S. illegally.
According to the report, the passengers or their family members then paid the driver to transport them from New Mexico to states that include Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, Tennessee, North Carolina and Florida.