U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Texas

5 Foreign Nationals Charged in Texas Human Smuggling Stash House Operation

HOUSTON, Texas — The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Texas filed criminal charges against five “non-citizens of the United States” for their alleged roles in a human smuggling stash house operation. The alleged smugglers reportedly extorted the families of migrants being held in a house in southwest Houston.

97 migrants held in human smuggling stash house in Houston. (AFP Photo)

Laredo ‘Ground Zero’ for Meth Smuggling, Says U.S. Attorney

Customs and Border Protection officers in Laredo, Texas, seized nearly 500 pounds of methamphetamine in two incidents at separate ports of entry on August 10. Following the seizure of the nearly $10 million in drugs, U.S. Attorney Ryan Patrick called the region “ground zero” for meth smuggling.

CBP Officers seize nearly 500 pounds of methamphetamine. (U.S. Customs and Border Protection/Laredo Sector)

360 Pounds of Meth Seized at Texas Border Crossings

Rio Grande Valley Sector Customs and Border Protection officers seized nearly 360 pounds of methamphetamine during three failed drug smuggling attempts at South Texas border crossings. The seizures took nearly $8 million in drugs out of the hands of cartel-connected smugglers.

CBP officers in South Texas seized methamphetamine. Photo: U.S. Customs and Border Protection/Rio Grande Valley Sector

Alleged Texas Neo-Nazis Accused of ‘SWATTING’ Plot Against Journalists

Two Texas men are charged in a federal court for an alleged nationwide neo-Nazi conspiracy that targeted journalists and public officials with threats and intimidation. The conspirators allegedly engaged in “swatting” calls against journalists, particularly those who are Jewish or of color, and other high-level public officials.

FBI Special Agent in Charge Raymond Duda announces the arrest of a group of neo-nazis allegedly engaged "swatting" and other attempts at intimidating and threatening journalists. (AP Photo: Ted S. Warren)

Bangladeshi Man Pleads Guilty to Smuggling Countrymen into U.S.

A Bangladeshi national pleaded guilty in a Texas federal court Tuesday to smuggling numerous fellow countrymen into the United States. The smuggling network moved the Bangladeshi nationals, mostly men between the ages of 18-35, to South America where they made their way through Central America and Mexico.

Laredo Sector Border Patrol agent processes a Bangladeshi national after he illegally crossed the border from Mexico. (Photo: U.S. Border Patrol, Laredo Sector)

Three Texas Men Charged in Migrant-Smuggling Vehicle Crashes

The U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Texas charged three Laredo men with allegedly crashing their vehicles while smuggling migrants to avoid arrest. Officials report a total of 29 migrants smuggled in the three pursuits which resulted in serious crashes.

Border Patrol agents from the Laredo Sector apprehended 57 illegal aliens on a ranch near Oilton, Texas. (Photo: U.S. Border Patrol/Laredo Sector)

Report: Illegal Border Crossers Fill South Texas Courts

Federal courtrooms in border regions are exhibiting standing-room-only situations following the implementation of U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions demand for zero tolerance of illegal crossings. The policy is packing dockets with recently arrested illegal immigrants, many of whom are parents separated from their children under new enforcement actions.

Migrants in Jail - AP Photo

23 Southwest Cholos Gang Members Charged with Sex, Drug Trafficking

HOUSTON, TX — Twenty-three members and associates of the Southwest Cholos (SWC) gang are facing trial for their part in allegedly smuggling illegal alien women and girls into the country to force them into sex trafficking. The indictment states that one of the girls was 14 when forced into prostitution.

A billboard displays a phone number for the National Human Trafficking Hotline, Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017, in Las Vegas. The FBI in Las Vegas is teaming with a billboard company to raise the profile in the fight to stop human trafficking in a state where brothels are legal in rural …