Human trafficking an increasing problem in Fayette County

FAYETTE COUNTY,  Texas (KXAN) — Authorities in Fayette County say they are encountering human traffickers on a regular basis and their deputies have been involved in three pursuits in the last three weeks involving ‘Coyotes.’

“Coyotes do not have any regard for property or human life,” a statement from the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office said. They add the individuals are only concerned with delivering the people they are transporting to an assigned location, so they can collect payment.

Police say the most recent incident occurred Thursday at about 2 a.m., when an officer on patrol came across a suspicious truck driving slowly down a country road. As the deputy attempted to stop the truck, the driver sped away and a chase ensued.

The truck plowed through a gate and onto private property before crashing into a ravine.

Three people inside the truck were located at the crash site and taken away by EMS crews. Three others were found several hours later.

The truck had been reported stolen in Houston, police said. Sheriff’s officers in Guadalupe County said the truck had fled from officers there about an hour before the Fayette County deputy attempted to pull the vehicle over.

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