New Mexico State Police Discover Undocumented Alien Stash House

The  New Mexico State Police officers arrested 2 individuals in connection with hiding undocumented aliens at a residence.

On March 12, 2024, an NMSP officer made a traffic stop on Interstate 10 west of Las Cruces on a white in color Chevrolet SUV. The occupants were displaying signs of nervous behavior and inconsistent statements. The officer asked the driver, Albert Torres (40) to exit the vehicle due to not having a driver’s license. The officer observed drug paraphernalia fall from the lap of Torres as he exited the vehicle. He was then detained. The female passenger Victoria Cabrales (37) began reaching under her seat. She was asked to exit as well due to her suspicious behavior.

During the search of Torres, the officer located suspected methamphetamine on him. Torres was also found to be a convicted felon. Cabrales wanted to return to the vehicle to retrieve her phone. The officer walked back to the vehicle with her and that’s when the officer observed a handgun between the center console and the passenger seat. The firearm was reported stolen, and Cabrales was detained.

Torres and Cabrales told the officer there was food in the vehicle they were taking to a residence in Las Cruces, NM. They told the officer the people in this residence were undocumented and would not answer the door because the house was a “stash house” for undocumented aliens. They also said there may be more firearms in the residence as well.

A search warrant was obtained for the vehicle and for the residence. The vehicle search revealed two firearms and more methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.

The search of the residence revealed sixteen (16) undocumented aliens locked in a room with no food, water, or communication device. United States Border Patrol was contacted to take custody of the subjects located in the residence. Both Torres and Cabrales were transported to the Dona Ana County Detention Center for their charges that include receiving stolen property, possession of a controlled substance, attempt to commit a felony, receipt, transportation or possession of a firearm.

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