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Nearly 30 found in Texas smuggling operation, 1 man arrested

Human Smuggling Arrests
Posted at 9:13 PM, Dec 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-05 21:13:07-05

HOUSTON -- A federal prosecutor says an Honduran man has been charged with harboring after he was found keeping watch of more than two dozen people who authorities say were being held in a Houston home as part of a human smuggling operation.

Houston police say the smuggling operation was discovered Thursday evening after one of the men who was being kept inside the home escaped and was seen running down a residential street in his underwear.

Authorities determined 28 men and one woman who had illegally immigrated to the U.S. were being kept in the home.

Authorities allege Mauro Dominguez-Maldonado was in charge of watching the immigrants.

He is to appear in federal court on Monday.