Zavala County Deputies arrest woman for human smuggling after 13 illegal migrants are found in a pickup

SAN ANTONIO (KTSA News) — A San Antonio woman is being charged with human smuggling after Zavala County Deputies found more than a dozen illegal migrants stashed in a vehicle she was driving.

FOX 29 reports it happened at around 5:30 A.M. Sunday on Highway 57 in Zavala County. That’s when a deputy stopped a Chevy pickup for a traffic violation.

The driver, identified as Samantha Renee Dela-Fuente, pulled over and as the deputy approached the vehicle, he noticed several people lying in bed of the truck, all dressed in camouflage.

Photo: Zavala County Sheriff

Dela-Fuente also had several people in the cab of the truck with her. She told the deputy that they were all her cousins.

She couldn’t prove it and she was brought to the Zavala County Jail on a charge of Smuggling of Persons.

The 13 illegal migrants were turned over to Uvalde Border Patrol.

Photo: Zavala County Sheriff

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