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Two arrested in Walton County on human smuggling charges

Two people were arrested Monday afternoon in Walton County after Florida Highway Patrol...
Two people were arrested Monday afternoon in Walton County after Florida Highway Patrol Troopers said they were transporting undocumented immigrants.(FLORIDA HIGHWAY PATROL)
Published: Jan. 17, 2022 at 5:42 PM CST
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WALTON COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Two people were arrested Monday afternoon in Walton County after Florida Highway Patrol Troopers said they were transporting undocumented immigrants.

Hugo Lopez-Gomez was arrested Monday afternoon in Walton County after Florida Highway Patrol...
Hugo Lopez-Gomez was arrested Monday afternoon in Walton County after Florida Highway Patrol Troopers said he was allegedly being paid to transport undocumented immigrants into Florida for work.(WALTON COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE)
FHP Troopers said Gamaliel Alvarez Hernandez was the passenger allegedly assisting Lopez-Gomez...
FHP Troopers said Gamaliel Alvarez Hernandez was the passenger allegedly assisting Lopez-Gomez transport seven other undocumented immigrants into Florida to work. He is also facing seven counts of human smuggling.(WALTON COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE)

Around Noon Monday, troopers made a traffic stop near mile marker 74 on Interstate 10 eastbound. While stopped, officials said they learned all nine (9) people in the vehicle were allegedly in the United States illegally, including the driver and passenger.

Florida Highway Patrol officials said they allegedly found nine (9) undocumented immigrants in...
Florida Highway Patrol officials said they allegedly found nine (9) undocumented immigrants in a vehicle troopers stopped Monday afternoon in Walton County along Interstate 10.(FLORIDA HIGHWAY PATROL)

A further investigation revealed the immigrants were allegedly being taken to two major cities in Florida, and the driver, identified as 21-year-old Hugo Giovani Lopez-Gomez, was allegedly being paid $500 per individual to smuggle them into the U.S. to work. Troopers said the driver allegedly told them his passenger, identified as 22-year-old Gamaliel Alvarez-Hernandez, was a friend being paid to help with driving. Troopers said both men are from Mexico.

We’re told the men have been arrested. Both of them are being charged with seven (7) counts of human smuggling.

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