Federal prosecutors in New York City have charged 10 defendants in a human smuggling ring that they say operated across the Mexico-U.S. border.
Six defendants were arrested Wednesday in Texas and another was arrested in Brooklyn.
Prosecutors said in a statement and in court papers that the smuggling scheme operated from June 2015 until last month. They say the defendants conspired to accept money to take people across the border to places in the U.S., including New York.
Those arrested in Texas had residences in San Antonio, Laredo, McAllen and Round Rock. They were expected to appear Wednesday in federal court in Texas. The lone person arrested in New York faced an initial appearance in Manhattan federal court.