Premont police arrest couple smuggling undocumented immigrants

Melissa Cantu Trevino
Alice Echo News Journal

PREMONT - A couple was arrested by Premont police Thursday evening after they were seen with four undocumented immigrants.

Premont unit

According to Premont Police Chief Richard Nava,  a red Nissan Maxima was speeding on Highway 281, within the city limits. Officer Jesus Garza II conducted a traffic stop and made contact with 53-year-old Claudia Iris Rodriguez of Alton, Tx and 41-year-old Benito Cirilo Hinojosa of McDonough, Tx.

A search of the vehicle led to the discovery of 1.2 grams of cocaine and a bag that contained $6,300.

Premont police locate cash and cocaine during traffic stop. They also find undocumented immigrants in vehicle.

The couple was arrested and booked into the Jim Wells County jail. They were charged with smuggling of persons.

Rodriguez was also charged with possession of a controlled substance.

The undocumented immigrants were turned over to United States Border Patrol.

As of Friday, Hinojosa remained in county jail on a $10,000 bond.

Rodriguez was released on Friday afternoon on a total bond of $10,000.