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Investigation: Violence Growing Among Human Smugglers

HOUSTON -- For more than a month, KHOU 11 News has been investigating the growing violence among smugglers. They're robbing each other -- not for money or drugs, but for illegal immigrants they can hold for ransom.

Two years ago, right in the middle of the day at Bissonnet and the Southwest Freeway, a shootout took place between two groups of criminals. They were fighting over human cargo.

“I mean, as with any criminal organization, the criminal enterprise is they're in it for the money,” said Sean McElroy. He is an Assistant Special Agent with the United States Department of Homeland Security and ICE.

In recent years, the Houston area has seen an increase of kidnappings and hostage-taking by groups of thieves who are literally trying to steal illegal immigrants. When they find out groups of immigrants are being smuggled into the U.S., they go after them, looking to kidnap

Added: Apr-2-2010 Occurred On: Mar-31-2010
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