Three Texas men were arrested near the Mexican border after a soldier stopped their vehicle and discovered two migrants crammed into the trunk of the car, authorities said Saturday.
The soldier stopped traffic Wednesday along U.S. Route 277 in Val Verde County, the Texas Department of Public Safety said.
During a conversation with the driver, the policeman asked if there was anyone in the trunk of the car. The driver is unresponsive on body camera video released by the department.
The officer handcuffed the driver and spoke to the two passengers inside the vehicle. When the passengers got out of the vehicle, the video shows that they both try to flee in the desert.
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The two passengers were eventually arrested, one being Tased, the department said.
Officers blew up the trunk of the vehicle and discovered two illegal immigrants hiding inside.
Authorities also found a handgun and methamphetamine inside the car, the department said.
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The passengers were charged with evading arrest, while the driver faces charges of human trafficking, possession of methamphetamine and marijuana and unlawful carrying of a weapon.
Texas DPS said the three arrested men were from Fort Worth but did not immediately reveal their names.
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The migrants were referred to the US Border Patrol.