Texas Man Says He Was Forced to Resume Smuggling 10/21/13
McALLEN, Texas - A South Texas man tells authorities the only reason he
was illegally smuggling people into the U.S. from Mexico was because gunmen were
threatening to kill his family if he refused.
The Monitor of McAllen reports Edward Montelongo is facing federal charges
after he was arrested last week trying to smuggle 13 people authorities say were
wading across the Rio Grande River south of the town of Mission.
Court records show 21-year-old Montelongo, a U.S. citizen, had previously
been caught guiding people into the U.S. in February, August and September.
Montelongo told Border Patrol agents that he had stopped smuggling
individuals, but that earlier this month he was kidnapped from his home, taken
to Mexico and tortured and threatened into resuming the illegal activity.