Human trafficking crosses all the lines. A traffic stop on Highway 59 South has led to the rescue of a 14-year-old girl that law enforcement officials think was being targeted in a human trafficking operation.
Two Houston men were arrested in connection to the traffic stop and were booked into the Nacogdoches County Jail. An investigator with the Nacogdoches County Sheriff's Office conducted a traffic stop on a blue 2008 Nissan passenger car for a traffic violation on Highway 59 South.
Investigators could smell the strong odor of marijuana emitting from the vehicle, while speaking with the driver. He then noticed the two male subjects in the front seats of the vehicle and a young female in the back seat.
Instincts Saved The Day
After observing the actions of the subjects, the investigator became concerned about the female’s welfare. After further investigation it was found that the 14-year-old girl had been reported as a runaway out of Harrison County.
The driver, who was identified as Justin Berezi 23, had an ankle monitor on and was wanted for an outstanding felony failure to appear warrant on a family violence assault charge out of Fort Bend County.
The passenger in the vehicle was identified as Idris Shidi 23. They arrested him for misdemeanor possession of marijuana. Both men were booked into the Nacogdoches County Jail.
Quick Thinking Officers
It is now believed that the two men from Houston, Texas were involved in human trafficking and were taking the 14-year-old girl back with them to the Houston area.
The Nacogdoches County Sheriff’s Office and the Harris County Sheriff’s Office are conducting a joint operation looking into this Human Smuggling investigation.
This investigation is ongoing. The Nacogdoches Police Department and the Texas Department of Public Safety assisted with the traffic stop.
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