Texas man charged for allegedly smuggling 84 undocumented immigrants across US border

Border Patrol's apprehensions have exceeded 2 million so far in 2022.

October 26, 2022, 5:02 PM

A Texas man was arrested Tuesday for allegedly trying to smuggle dozens of undocumented immigrants across the U.S. border hidden in a dump truck, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety.

Robert Flores Jr., 38, from Poteet, Texas, was charged with 84 counts of human smuggling after being stopped on Interstate Highway 35 in Cotulla, Texas, for a commercial motor vehicle safety inspection, authorities said.

Texas DPS said Flores Jr. was allegedly smuggling 84 migrants from Guatemala and Mexico.

The suspect allegedly bypassed a border patrol checkpoint in Texas' Webb County when he was pulled over, Texas DPS spokesperson Lt. Chris Olivarez said on Twitter.

"The Texas Department of Public Safety remains committed in deterring human smuggling and disrupting criminal activity," Olivarez told ABC News in a statement. "As part of Governor Greg Abbott's Operation Lone Star, DPS will continue to enhance border operations and commercial motor vehicle safety inspections."

The migrants were handed over to U.S. Border Patrol, according to Texas DPS.

PHOTO: The Texas Department of Public Safety disrupted a human smuggling attempt in Cotulla, Texas, Oct. 26, 2022.
The Texas Department of Public Safety disrupted a human smuggling attempt in Cotulla, Texas, Oct. 26, 2022.
Texas Department of Public Safety
PHOTO: The Texas Department of Public Safety disrupted a human smuggling attempt in Cotulla, Texas, Oct. 26, 2022.
The Texas Department of Public Safety disrupted a human smuggling attempt in Cotulla, Texas, Oct. 26, 2022.
Texas Department of Public Safety

U.S. Border Patrol's apprehensions of migrants have exceeded 2 million so far, this fiscal year, including people who turn themselves into authorities between land ports of entry, according to agency data from September.

Last year, law enforcement officials detained 1.66 million migrants and encountered them nearly 2 million times. As of September, there have been more than 2.4 million encounters.

ABC News' Quinn Owen contributed to this report.

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