NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Deputies with the Nacogdoches County Sheriff's Office arrested a 33-year-old Houston man after a traffic stop revealed that his van was full of people that crossed into the United States illegally Tuesday afternoon, according to the arrest affidavit.
Luis Fernando Elvir is still being held in the Nacogdoches county Jail on a third-degree felony smuggling of persons charge. His bail amount has been set at $50,000.
According to the arrest affidavit, NCSO deputies stopped the van Elvir was driving because of a traffic violation in the 11000 block of U.S. 59 north of Nacogdoches at about 3:30 p.m. Tuesday. Lt. Kenneth King, a spokesman for the Nacogdoches County Sheriff's Office, said that what caught the deputy's eye was the fact that Elvir only drove slowly in the left lane and never changed lanes.
When the deputies learned that the van was packed with seven people who were in the United States illegally, Elvir allegedly admitted to transporting the people for a fee.
Elvir was arrested at the scene and taken to the Nacogdoches County Jail. The seven travelers were taken from Nacogdoches to Livingston, where ICE agents from Houston picked them up.
King said the seven were from the Honduras and Guatemala.