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McALLEN, Texas (AP)

Wal-Mart truck used to smuggle immigrants

Federal immigrations have arrested a Wal-Mart truck driver and two others for allegedly trying to smuggle four illegal immigrants through a Border Patrol checkpoint in the trailer.

Alejandro Hernandez unloaded a delivery at a Wal-Mart in McAllen, then stopped at an Edinburg truckstop. Court documents say Leonor Gomez and her mother, Santos Gomez Moreno, then transferred the immigrants from their van to Hernandez's trailer.

Wal-Mart assisted the federal immigration agents to identify Hernandez's route and truck after federal authorities were tipped to his activities.

"At Wal-Mart we expect our associates to conduct themselves in a lawful and ethical manner," company spokesman Don Fogleman told The (McAllen) Monitor. "This situation is of deep concern."

Investigators believe Hernandez had used his truck to smuggle illegal immigrants through the Falfurrias checkpoint at least a half-dozen times. Court documents day Gomez and her mother followed Hernandez north in their van with the plan being to switch the immigrants back to the van once it cleared the checkpoint, which is about an hour north of the border.

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