Woman charged after taking 17 migrants hostage for ransom

A Texas woman faces federal charges after allegedly taking 17 undocumented immigrants hostage. The 30-year-old made a preliminary appearance before a judge on Thursday, according to a statement from the US Attorney for the Northern District of Texas. the officials accused manuela Magdalena Jimen Castro with “Alien Asylum” via Criminal Complaint. Manuela reportedly partnered with several entities to hold immigrants hostage until they paid thousands of dollars for their freedom.

The complaint states that Manuela, a family member, and an “illegal immigrant trafficking operation” worked together to nab immigrants at Manuela’s home. In addition to the hostage component, Manuela reportedly threatened not to provide them with food or water. To be free, Manuela and his associates demanded an advance payment of between $11,000 and $12,000 to each immigrant, or deed of debt.

How the authorities discovered the scheme of illegal hostage immigrants

The plan was caught by the police in California by law enforcement. In Texas, a woman contacted police with information about her sister being held for ransom. The unidentified woman said her sister traveled from Guatemala to Mexico – hoping to find asylum in the United States. Instead, the undocumented immigrant crossed the Mexico-US border under the orders and captives of a Mexican cartel. Once in Friona, Texas, an undocumented immigrant woman managed to escape. Before escaping, he sent a pin of his location to his sister.

The board which establishes law conducted an interview with an immigrant woman. He revealed that someone forced him into a car at gunpoint in Mexico. Months later, a supposed smuggling cartel took her across the southern border and then took her door to door in New Mexico and Texas. Her kidnappers refuse to let her go, and she eventually ends up in Manuela’s house. Under Manuela’s supervision, the woman was told she could not go without coughing up $12,000.

The police acted after interviews with the woman and another man held captive at the residence. After searching the house, police found at least 17 undocumented immigrants. According to the statement, two of those found were minor children. There was not much furniture in Manuela’s house, but police found mattresses and blankets spread on the floor. When police entered the residence, most of the captive immigrants attempted to hide in attics, cupboards and blanket-covered totes.

Recovered unspecified person detailed plan to police

After the search, the police questioned unknown people. In addition to admitting his illegal, smuggling entry into America, he gushed about the people running the show. immigrants said smugglers Took their cell phones but allowed some contacts to receive their “entry fee” coins. According to the statement, some people truly believed that they would have to pay a fee to leave Friona.

If Manuela is convicted of a “foreign asylum” charge, he faces up to five years in prison. It is not clear how many additional immigrants Manuela and its affiliated entities have taken hostage and charged with their freedom.

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