LAREDO, Texas – A 28-year-old Laredo resident has been
detained on charges of transporting an undocumented alien, announced U.S.
Attorney Ryan K. Patrick.
Adrian Zavala is the third young Laredoan to face charges
in similar incidents that occurred in just one week.
He waived his preliminary examination and detention hearing today and will now remain in custody pending further
The criminal complaint alleges that on Aug. 5, law
enforcement attempted make a traffic stop for driving on an improved shoulder
when prohibited. According to the charges, the vehicle failed to yield and
attempted to flee. Law enforcement observed the vehicle veer off the road and
roll over several times. Several people were ejected from the vehicle during
the crash, according to the charges.
According to the complaint, there were a total of 12
people inside the vehicle, including Zavala. The other 11 were determined to be
undocumented aliens, the complaint alleges.
If convicted of transporting an undocumented alien,
Zavala faces up to 10 years in federal prison and a possible $250,000 maximum
Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security
Investigations conducted the investigation with the assistance of Border Patrol
and the Texas Department of Public Safety. Assistant U.S. Attorney April
Ayers-Perez is prosecuting the case.