Mack Daniel Bryant charged with using his charter boat to smuggle "undocumented immigrants" (read illegal trespassers in the US) from Port Isbel, Texas to Corpus Christi, Texas, a move that would get around Border Patrol checkpoints (I spent 6 years driving from Corpus to Houston and never ever saw a checkpoint) as reported here.
The indication of fees one might charge for such a trip is about $1500 a head:
Bryant’s ship hand, Baldemar Valdez, and three of the six undocumented immigrants remain in custody in Corpus Christi under a separate human smuggling case there.
Federal prosecutors in Brownsville also charged Luis Alberto Gutierrez-Zapien with a human smuggling based on Bryant’s case.
According to a criminal complaint, Gutierrez-Zapien paid Bryant’s manager Roger Moore $9,000 to smuggle the six immigrants from South Padre Island to Corpus Christi on Sunday.
It was probably more comfortable than being in a closed cargo container.