Agents arrest man accused of smuggling immigrants

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PRESIDIO, Texas (Big 2/Fox 24) – U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested a man who is accused of smuggling immigrants across the border.

According to a release from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer in Presidio, the first incident occurred on Jan. 21.

Agents tried to stop an Audi SUV that was traveling on FM 2810. When the driver pulled over, officials say nine people got out of the car and ran from authorities.

Those that ran were later identified as immigrants who entered the U.S. illegally from China, Cuba and Ecuador, according to a release. The driver also evaded agents during the stop.

The next day, agents stopped a Chevrolet SUV at a convenience store and arrested 10 people in the U.S. illegally from Ecuador and Guatemala, the release reads.

Among them was Juan Francisco Sigala, who was accused of smuggling immigrants into the U.S. illegally and is believed to be the driver in both incidents with border agents.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, along with Homeland Security Investigations has since taken over both cases.

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