Two Illegals Busted in Connection With Massive Criminal Operation Hidden in Texas Woods
Add illegals to the list of dangerous things you can come across while walking in the woods, case in point, this duo caught operating in the Texas wilderness.
A father and son team of illegal aliens have been sentenced to three-and-a-half years in a Texas prison after their massive marijuana grow operation was discovered by U.S. Border Patrol agents.
Miguel Echevarria-Zuniga and Echeverria- Guisar were arrested with 12 others in a round-up of illegal aliens in the rural brush area of southwestern Texas less than an hour from the Mexico border.
The father and son initially claimed they had just crossed the border, denying any knowledge of the marijuana field, however fingerprint tested identified them as the Echeverrias.
A warehouse raid in Weslaco, a border town, also linked the two illegal aliens to the 11,500-plant grow operation.
The pair pleaded guilty and was sentenced to the same length of terms. The court noted that the father and son will face deportation when they have completed their sentences.
Another massive grow operation was found in the same region near Laredo, Texas in April. Authorities shut down a $2 million field run by the Los Zetas crime syndicate, thought to be the most dangerous drug cartel in existence, as well as the largest in terms of territory.
At the time of the Laredo raid, Border Patrol agent Hector Garza, who is also president of National Border Patrol Council (NBPC) Local 2455, told the media that drug cartels are moving into Texas and the United states as a whole.
“It is just a matter of time before more of these production operations start popping up in and around our communities. Local law enforcement is hesitant to acknowledge cartel connections in these types of cases, largely due to the economic damage to border communities when Americans realize that cartel activity is spilling over. Regardless, the truth must be spoken.”
Mexican drug cartels are not confining their activities to Texas and the southwestern United States. Mexican nationals have been convicted in the past two years of manufacturing methamphetamine in Idaho and Washington state for the Sinaloa cartel.