The last fugitive accused in the human smuggling operation
that led to the suffocation deaths of 19 people was picked up at a traffic
stop, The Associated Press reported.
Investigators say 24-year-old Fredy Giovanni Garcia-Tobar of
Guatemala is one of 14 suspects in custody in Mexico and the United States and
charged with loading at least 70 illegal immigrants into an airless
tractor-trailer last May.
Garcia-Tobar, also known as Alfredo Garcia, was arrested
April 26. At an initial court appearance, he was ordered transferred to
Houston. He will be held without bail.
Garcia-Tobar is accused of helping recruit truck driver
Tyrone Williams to transport the immigrants from houses near the Mexican border
Williams abandoned the trailer at a truck stop in Victoria,
TX, 100 miles southwest of Houston, May 14. Seventeen immigrants were found
dead inside the trailer, and two others later died. The victims, including a
5-year-old Mexican boy, died from dehydration, hyperthermia and suffocation.