Alien smugglers busted: Residents of La Feria, Harlingen among those in trouble

BROWNSVILLE — Law enforcement officials have arrested 11 area individuals alleging harboring and transporting of undocumented aliens within the country.

According to U.S Attorney Kenneth Magidson, those arrested included Manuela Cedillo-Hernandez, 59, Javier Aranda-Velez, 50, William Adam Leija, 25, Landsie Rubi Leija, 28, Christopher Vega, 31, and her associate Francisca Torres, 53, all of La Feria.

Also arrested were Jorge Vidales, 39, of Harlingen; Raquel Flores-Cedillo, 37, and Rogelio Gonzalez, 41, both of Brownsville; and Bobby Joe Canales, 28, and Guadalupe Iracheta Obregon, 31, both of Alton.

They were all expected to make their initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Ignacio Torteya yesterday.

A nine-count indictment was returned under seal on Tuesday, July 26, and unsealed upon their arrests Wednesday.

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