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Ex-oil hand turns to crime during slump

Its still hard times for roustabouts and as some have taken to other fields of work, one Texas man turned to the black market of human smuggling for cash.

According to court records obtained by Breitbart Texas, Brandon Lee Gamez was recently arrested near Freer, Texas. Federal prosecutors claim he drove a truck down a rural road known for drug and human trafficking with six illegal immigrants inside. Officers also found a handgun in the truck.

Agents stated that Gamez said he was smuggling illegal aliens due to losing work during the oil bust. He had just lost his job as an oilfield worker and claimed that a man named “Jared” approached him at a local bar, offering $500 to pick up a group of illegal immigrants, court records revealed.

Job slashing from the oil bust reached a staggering 150,000 at the end of May, according to energy recruiting firm Swift Worldwide Resources. Some estimates reach well over 200,000 jobs.

Breitbart reported that Gamez went before a magistrate judge in Corpus Christi who ordered him held without bond and also ordered that Torres and another immigrant be held as witnesses in the case.

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