COLLIER COUNTY, Fla.- Collier County Sheriff's deputies arrested 49-year-old Armando Valdes Rodriguez, of Miami, Thursday on human smuggling charges.
According to the arrest report, Valdes Rodriguez' red, dodge caravan was stopped on Alligator Alley just before 12:30 on Thursday afternoon due to speeding.
The six passengers in the vehicle told officers that they were travelling for work. One of the passengers was a 13-year-old boy. The passengers told the deputies they were not in the country legally.
Homeland Security responded to the scene. All subjects in the vehicle were transported to the Naples Jail for processing and potential deportation.
During the course of the traffic stop, one passenger fled on foot, but was captured a short time later.
Valdes Rodriguez was placed under arrest on six counts of human smuggling.
The juvenile that was traveling with them had no family with him. He was taken to the jail and released to his parents' custody. The five other individuals remain in custody pending federal criminal charges and/or deportation.