Texas attorney arrested for human smuggling

Attorney Dan Japhet was arrested in Del Rio and spent six days in jail. He says he was heading to Eagle Pass to gamble and made a mistake giving hitchhikers a ride.

DEL RIO, Texas — A Corpus Christi attorney is back home after spending six days behind bars. He was arrested Aug. 13 near the border in Del Rio with four migrants in his rental car.

Attorney Timothy Dan Japhet said he was cited on four cases of human smuggling but has not been indicted or formally charged. He was released Friday after posting a $40,000 bail bond.

“I’m out on bond until they indict me,” Japhet told 3NEWS. He added he does not think they will ever indict him and thinks the case will eventually get dropped.

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News of the arrest went viral on Saturday when a constable from Galveston posted about it on Facebook to congratulate his deputies. They were in Del Rio as part of Operation Lone Star, the task force that Gov. Greg Abbott created to combat illegal immigration.

Japhet was arrested while wearing an orange Corpus Christi Hooks jersey.

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Japhet said he was actually heading to an Eagle Pass casino and had his dog with him. He said he mistakenly agreed to give some hitchhikers a ride, got nervous about his decision and then tried to get pulled over.

He said a man approached him when he had stopped to let his dog use the bathroom. The man asked if Japhet would give him and his friend a ride. Japhet said yes, but then two

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