District Attorney Rene M. Pena and DPS Executive Director Steve McCraw held a press conference with Sheriff David Soward and other officials at the Atascosa County Courthouse this morning at 10 a.m. Discussed was the long-term collaborative investigation into organized crime which resulted in 86 seperate charges. The charges were handed down by the Atascosa County Grand Jury.
Specifically, 29 indictments were handed down along with 23 arrests. Four individuals are from Atascosa and others from Bexar and Harris Counties. The indictments included engaging in organized criminal activity with underlying offenses of human trafficking, human smuggling, sexual assault, theft of motor vehicles and money laundering.
DA Pena stated these criminals are targeting rural areas and minors as young as 13 have been among those forced into prostitution by the group. This investiation was a partnership between the 81st District Attorney’s Office under the leadership of Pena as part of the 81st District Attorney’s Office Border Prosecution Unit Initiative and the Texas Department of Public Safety under the leadership of Director McCraw.
Editor’s Note: A complete detailed story of this announcement will be featured in Wednesday, May 4 issue of the Pleasanton Express.