Woman charged after holding 17 immigrants hostage for ransom

Woman charged after holding 17 immigrants hostage for ransom

A Texas woman faces federal charges after she held 17 illegal immigrants hostage. The 30-year-old man made his first appearance in court Thursday, according to the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas. officer accuses Manuela Magdalena Jamon Castro with “foreigner compliance” with a criminal complaint. Manuela allegedly teamed up with several organizations to hold migrants hostage until they paid thousands of dollars for their release.

The complaint alleges that Manuela, a family member, and an “illegal immigrant smuggling operation” worked together to keep immigrants at Manuela’s home. It is said that in addition to the hostages, Manuela also threatened them without water and food. For their release, Manuela and her partners demanded that each immigrant pay between $11,000 and $12,000 in advance or pay off their debt.

How did authorities discover the illegal hostage immigration program?

Police in California learned of the plan. A woman called police and said her sister was being held for ransom in Texas. The unidentified woman said her sister traveled to Mexico from Guatemala – hoping to find asylum in the United States. Instead, the undocumented immigrant crossed the Mexico-US border under the command and captivity of a Mexican cartel. In Friona, Texas, the undocumented woman managed to escape. Before running away, he sent his sister a pin with his location.

Law enforcement agencies interviewed this immigrant. She revealed that someone forced her into a car at gunpoint in Mexico. Months later, the suspected smuggling cartel took them across the southern border and then drove them door-to-door in New Mexico and Texas. His captors refused to let him go, and he ended up at Manuela’s house. Under Manuela’s watch, the woman was told she couldn’t leave without coughing up $12,000.

The police intervened after questioning this woman and another person who was held captive in the residence. During a search of the apartment, the police found at least 17 illegal immigrants. According to this statement, two of the people found were two minor children. Manuela’s house didn’t have much furniture, but police found mattresses and blankets scattered on the floor. When the police entered the residence, most of the arrested migrants tried to hide in the attic, in closets and in bags covered with blankets.

Detailed plan for illegal persons discovered to the police

After the search, the police interviewed the illegals. Not only did they admit to their illegal entry and smuggling into the United States, but they also talked about the people running the show. Migrants said smugglers took their cellphones but allowed calls to collect their “entry fee” coins. Some actually believed they had to pay to leave Friona, the statement said.

Manuela faces up to five years in prison if convicted of “hosting extraterrestrials.” It is not known how many other migrants have held Manuela and related institutions hostage and charged for their release.

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