U.S. Truck Driver Charged in ‘Crazy’ Big Rig Human Smuggling Bust
Laredo, TX — A truck driver is facing a slew of felony counts of human smuggling after Texas authorities discovered dozens of illegal migrants crammed inside his semi-truck.
On Tuesday, investigators with the Laredo Police Department (LPD) pulled over a semi-truck and found 28 illegal migrants.
Bill Melugin, a Fox News correspondent covering the ongoing chaos at the U.S. southern border, called the bust “crazy” as the Texas Department of Public Safety (TXDPS) said each illegal migrant admitted to paying up to $16,000 to be smuggled to San Antonio, TX, where they would then spread out into ten states throughout the country.
NEW: Crazy human smuggling bust out of Laredo yesterday. @TxDPS pulled over a truck that had 27 illegal immigrants crammed into the cab being smuggled. The driver, a U.S. citizen, was arrested & charged. @FoxNews pic.twitter.com/7hEPjbBVdc
— Bill Melugin (@BillFOXLA) January 12, 2022
TXDPS said 21 males, six females and one juvenile male were inside the truck.
The truck driver, Dartavious Raytrell Dixon, a U.S. citizen residing in Houston, TX, was arrested and has been charged with 28 felony counts of human smuggling.
Melugin also reported Dixon told investigators he was recruited for the job by a cartel using the popular social media app WhatsApp.
WATCH more on this story below.
Live w/ @TuckerCarlson last night discussing:
– 2 murderers, 1 sex offender, 2 MS-13 gang members arrested in 30 hours by RGV Border Patrol.
– US citizen from Houston caught smuggling 28 illegal immigrants.
– Migrants apprehended from Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Syria, & Mauritania. pic.twitter.com/djrYZv40z2
— Bill Melugin (@BillFOXLA) January 13, 2022