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Leaders in immigrant trafficking scheme appear in court
Three people federal prosecutors call key figures in an illegal immigrant trafficking scheme made their first court appearances today.
They are among 32 people charged in connection with the operation.
Yesterday, federal agents raided homes in Port Arthur in connection with the investigation.
According to an indictment released yesterday, two of those key figures are a husband and wife from Houston who co-own and manage a company that recruited and transported illegal immigrants to work in Chinese restaurants.
Federal prosecutors say the third person was the primary driver for the company.
Thursday, Homeland Security agents also raided a home they say belongs to the wife.
It's on Bellaire Boulevard in Houston.
Federal prosecutors are trying to seize the home, along with properties in Jefferson County.
Those properties include a home on Lamplighter Lane that Homeland Security officers raided yesterday.
If convicted, the three people and a number of others charged could face up to decades in prison and hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines.