McAllen man in oxygen masks leads Border Patrol on chase that reached 100 mph

Sadye Matula

The oxygen masks gave him away. That’s as a result of when 66-year-old McAllen resident Juan Luis Barrera-Cavazos arrived on the Falfurrias checkpoint Wednesday morning, the Border Patrol agent conducting his inspection instantly acknowledged him — and his automobile — from a previous smuggling encounter. And certain sufficient, Barrera now […]

McAllen man in oxygen masks leads Border Patrol on chase that reached 100 mph

The oxygen masks gave him away.

That’s as a result of when 66-year-old McAllen resident Juan Luis Barrera-Cavazos arrived on the Falfurrias checkpoint Wednesday morning, the Border Patrol agent conducting his inspection instantly acknowledged him — and his automobile — from a previous smuggling encounter.

And certain sufficient, Barrera now finds himself again in custody on a cost of making an attempt to smuggle somebody into the nation illegally.

The incident unfolded at 7:50 a.m. that day when Barrera arrived on the checkpoint in a black Nissan Sedan.

“The first agent acknowledged Barrera from a previous encounter,” a legal grievance states. “Barrera was sporting the identical oxygen masks linked to a conveyable oxygen tank and was driving the identical automobile.”

In the course of the inspection, a canine alerted to Barrera’s automobile and the agent requested for consent to look the trunk to which Barrera agreed, based on the grievance.

“Because the canine handler was going to open the trunk, Barrera accelerated and fled the checkpoint at a excessive fee of pace,” the grievance states.

Border Patrol pursued Barrera throughout the chase which reached speeds of 100 mph earlier than he lastly stopped and was arrested.

An individual within the nation illegally had been hiding in his trunk however crawled into the again passenger seat as soon as the automobile began transferring at a excessive fee of pace, based on the grievance.

Authorities are conversant in Barrera.

In 2010, Border Patrol arrested him for a failed smuggling try and did so once more in 2018.

Throughout an interview with brokers, he stated he has had about 10 profitable smuggling occasions the place he took individuals within the nation illegally to Houston, based on the grievance.

He additionally has a prolonged arrest historical past in Hidalgo County. Police have picked him up 9 occasions since 1999, totally on prices of failing to determine as a fugitive and for driving whereas intoxicated.

Most lately, McAllen police arrested him on April 3 for driving whereas intoxicated and for displaying fictitious license plates.

Barrera made a primary look Friday in Corpus Christi federal courtroom in entrance of U.S. Justice of the Peace Choose Mitchel Neurock who ordered him briefly held with out bond whereas the U.S. Marshals discover whether or not he must be held exterior of the Coastal Bend space due to his medical points, courtroom information point out.

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