A Texas duo was busted after their human smuggling attempt into the US was streamed in a Facebook Live video, officials said.
Alejandro Vela, 22, and Karyme Espinoza, 19, were seen on video leading authorities Friday on a high-speed chase with a group of illegal immigrants in a vehicle in San Ygnacio, the Laredo Morning Times reported.
“Hey, I’m live on Facebook,” Espinoza said while posing with the other passengers, according to the report.
Police said the chase began on U.S. 83 when they tried to pull over the white Mercedes SUV for a traffic violation.
Vela, who was behind the wheel, refused to stop and continued to head north before making a U-turn, officials said.
“I need you to do me a favor without telling anybody,” Vela can be heard saying in the video. “Immigration is on my a–, because I have ten guys with me.”
When authorities finally stopped the vehicle, the driver and passengers fled the scene, according to the report.
US Border Patrol eventually tracked down Vela and Espinoza in addition to three passengers suspected of illegally entering the country, the newspaper reported. It was unclear whether the live stream played a role.
Vela was arrested on charges that include reckless driving, evading arrest with vehicle and unlawful transport of a person for pecuniary benefit, authorities said.
Espinoza faces charges of unlawful transport of a person for pecuniary benefit and evading arrest on foot.
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