Border Patrol agents in southern New Mexico take a father and son from Guatemala into custody after they were found trying to get away from a smuggling “stash house” in Anapra, NM on Jan.15.
According to the Border Patrol, the two were separated while trying to escape. The 17-year-old son was found first near Mount Cristo Rey in Sunland Park, NM.
According to statements to agents, the teen’s face was battered and claimed he and his father were beaten and being held for ransom by smugglers based out of Ciudad Juarez. Father and son were later reunited.
Both were taken to the Santa Teresa Border Patrol Station, where their family was contacted.
Agents working with Chihuahua State Police later discovered the stash house and other Central American migrants. Investigators said the only door on the property was locked with a chain from the outside. In addition, agents said several mattresses were found inside, suggesting several people had been held at the location.
So far, no one has been arrested in connection with this case.