BIG WELLS, Texas – A Houston police officer has been charged with transporting illegal immigrants.
Juan Carillo, 51, and his wife, 42-year-old Rosa Carillo, were arrested Sunday by a U.S. Border Patrol agent.
They were pulled over in Big Wells, Texas.
According to court documents, Carillo admitted that his wife paid a coyote $1,500 to have two of their passengers smuggled across the Mexican border.
Carillo told border agents that he paid another $240 to have the illegal immigrants delivered to Eagle Pass.
If convicted, the couple faces up to 10 years in federal prison and a maximum fine of $250,000 each.
After appearing in court Monday, Carillo and his wife were released after posting $10,000 bonds.
Homeland Security Investigations is investigating this case along with the U.S. Border Patrol.
Carillo is a 21-year-old veteran of HPD who works in the Southeast Patrol Unit.