Suspected illegal immigrants escape capture

Aug. 7, 2012 at 3:07 a.m.

After searching into the evening Monday, officials did not find all of the suspected illegal immigrants who bailed from a stolen pickup truck in Goliad County.

A Department of Public Safety trooper attempted to the pull a truck over at 12:30 p.m. Monday on U.S. Highway 59 near Farm-to-Market Road 239.

After the driver pulled over, about 20 people fled from the truck; four were captured and turned over to border patrol officials, Goliad County Sheriff Kirby Brumby said.

"They have slipped through our fingers and escaped, hopefully safely, into other areas of the county," Brumby said. "I hope they aren't still out there suffering, in the heat."

Brumby said drivers will usually have a cell phone to call an associate if they run into trouble.

The four who were captured said they paid $2,500 to be taken to Houston, and owed an additional $1,500 on arrival. Brumby said these smugglers make high profits.

"They are using stolen trucks, so they don't have to buy the trucks," Brumby said. "They don't care if they wreck the trucks and they don't care if the immigrants make it or not, because they have made the original down payment."



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