Affidavit: Man expected $8,000 payment for smuggling 35 immigrants

Inspectors and dogs walk around the cars at the Interstate 35 checkpoint near Laredo.

Inspectors and dogs walk around the cars at the Interstate 35 checkpoint near Laredo.

Laredo Morning Times file

A man said he was offered $8,000 to smuggle immigrants who were in the country illegally, according to an arrest affidavit.

Javier Alonzo Silva was arrested and charged with transport, attempt to transport and conspire to transport immigrants for financial gain.

At about 8:50 p.m. Feb. 24, a white Ford flatbed truck hauling a trailer arrived at the Interstate 35 checkpoint. A K-9 unit allegedly alerted to possible contraband within the vehicle and referred it to secondary inspection.

Agents then removed the tarp covering a large plywood box and discovered 35 immigrants. Silva and the immigrants were detained.

In a post-arrest statement, Silva stated he had made prior arrangements to travel from his home in Porter, Texas to Laredo, where he met with a man at a local bar. This man offered Silva $8,000 to smuggle immigrants.

Silva said he was to be contacted after passing the checkpoint to get instructions on where to drop off the vehicle and trailer, according to court documents.