Over 30 people captured after bailing out 18- Wheel trailer by Devine gas station

A passerby in Devine alerted authorities after spotting what appeared to be dozens of undocumented immigrants jumping out the back of an 18 wheeler trailer and running into the nearby fields. Several units and air support assisted in the massive search that ensued, and around 30 people were detained.
It happened this past Friday night, October 15th around 9 pm. The trailer was parked near Amigo’s gas station in Devine, which is just off I-35.
“From what we know, the driver of the 18 wheeler parked the truck and left in a vehicle, and the IA’s then exited the trailer,” said Sheriff Randy Brown. “We rounded up 30 people, with the assistance of SAPD helicopter assisting.”
The Barber family saw a lot of the event unfold first-hand, as close to a dozen people were found hiding on their property.

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“What a crazy night,” Mrs. Barber said. “One man walked up into our hog barn while my father-in-law was there. He came up asking for water, said he was thirsty. We had no idea what was going on. We didn’t know there were another 10 people on our property.”
“Not long after that, my husband and I left the house, and we got a call from a neighbor who said he saw a big bailout happen near us. He said 30-60 people were bailing out and that they looked like they were running toward our property. We knew my father-in-law was there at our house alone, so that was a little scary,” Mrs. Barber said.
“So we headed back to the house to make sure things were okay. I have to commend the police and sheriff’s deputies, they combed through our property and neighbors really well. There were cops and border patrol everywhere, two helicopters circling above.”
“There were just so many people and it’s such an unpredictable situation,” Mrs. Barber adds. “You hear about this happening all the time—but when you’re actually in that situation it’s different. It was pretty scary.”

Warhorse team, Isaiah Morin District Champs; Aguirre, Mendoza, Ortiz, & Espinosa place top 10

The District 29-4A individual champion is Isaiah Morin from Devine. He and his fellow Warhorse Cross Country teammates won the team championship as well at Devine Golf Club last Thursday morning. The Warhorses scored 22 points to beat runner-up Fox Tech who had 53 points.
Morin ran an 18:01 to knock out second place finisher Malachi Bennett of Somerset who ran 18:08. The two were neck and neck for most of the three-mile competition before Morin pulled away late to win the individual championship.
Kris Aguirre ran his best race of the season by far as he left the course with a bronze medal. Thomas Mendoza placed fourth and Chris Ortiz came in fifth. Marcus Espinosa was the other top 10 finisher at tenth place.

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Jesse House was only eight-seconds from top ten as he came soon after Espinosa in twelfth place. Freshman Taylor Hurst rounded out the seven Warhorse competitors coming in eighteenth overall.
Stephen Culver led the Warhorse JV. Culver placed third overall with a 21:19 while teammate Corwin Flores was fifth at 22:24.
Team rankings
1st Devine 22, 2nd Fox Tech 53, 3rd Somerset 56.
Top 12 +
1st Isaiah Morin-Devine 18:01, 2nd Malachi Bennett-Somerset 18:08, 3rd Kris Aguirre-Devine 18:56, 4th Thomas TJ Mendoza-Devine 19:05, 5th Chris Ortiz-Devine 19:06, 6th Mack-Segovia-Brooks Academy 19:17, 7th Adrian Delgado-Fox Tech 19:49, 8th Ethan Vasquez-Somerset 19:52, 9th Christian Gonzalez-Fox Tech 19:55, 10th Marcus Espinosa-Devine 19:58, 11th Victor Bautista-Somerset 20:03, 12th Jesse House-Devine 20:06, 18th Taylor Hurst-Devine22:02.
By Jerel Beaty
Staff Writer