Alert Texas pilot thwarts human smuggling operation coming by plane

An alert pilot from the Texas Department of Public Safety on Wednesday thwarted a jet-setting group of illegal immigrants who were planning an illicit excursion in a Gulf Stream IV.

Officials later determined that one of the immigrants paid $11,000 to be smuggled into the U.S., including a $4,000 upcharge to the basic $7,000 rate for the less luxurious version of the trip, which presumably involves some walking and wading, Fox News reported.

Noticing suspicious activity among a group of people in the South Texas International Airport that seemed to indicate a smuggling operation, the DPS pilot conducted a ramp check on the Gulf Stream jet.

In the process, the pilot determined who had chartered the plane and contacted Maximo Diaz Jorge who reportedly said the group acting suspiciously were oil company employees jetting off to Houston for a baseball game.

A press release states that the incident happened on Aug. 31 just after 5 p.m. when a DPS pilot was conducting a ramp check on a Gulf Stream IV aircraft because he suspected "the aircraft was being used in human smuggling," noting that there was "some suspicious activity" from a group of people inside the airport.
(Image: Texas DPS)

However, when the DPS pilot asked for identification documents from the group, the eight males and five females promptly fled. A vehicle pursuit eventually ensued, with Texas DPS troopers requesting assistance from the U.S. Border Patrol in chasing two vehicles as they sped from the airport. During the chase one of the DPS vehicles was struck by a fleeing SUV.

Eventually, the two fleeing vehicles came to a stop and a number of people were seen exiting and running for the bushes. Thirteen individuals were eventually apprehended and referred to the Border Patrol. Among them was the driver of the vehicle that struck the DPS vehicle, Adriena Felix.

The DPS took custody of the two vehicles.

“Felix, 29, who is from the Dominican Republic, was arrested for aggravated assault on a public servant and smuggling of persons. Diaz Jorge, 40, was taken to a local hospital after he experienced a medical emergency,” Fox News reported.

A DPS pilot was hit by an SUV as migrants were trying to flee the area. 
(Image: Texas DPS)

The U.S. Border Patrol reported making a total of 30 arrests in the Rio Grande Valley Sector that day in four human smuggling events. The Border Patrol reports the recovery of a stolen vehicle in that day’s operations but it is not clear whether it was one of those used in the airport smuggling episode.

These events once again point out the grave dangers posed to all directly affected by the Biden border policy. Many reports indicate that the immigrants who pay exorbitant fees to human traffickers end up in dire straits due to their debt, sometimes even including sexual trafficking.

The agents of the DPS and the Border Patrol put themselves in danger by chasing fleeing vehicles, as evidenced by the fact that a DPS vehicle was struck. In turn, citizens are put at risk by high-speed chases; by criminals and persons on terrorist watch lists filtering through the border, and by drugs virtually pouring through.


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