human trafficking, smuggling, illegal immigration
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Rep. Allen Boyd (D-Fla)

Florida Congressman’s Son Faces Smuggling Charges

September 17, 2008 11:28 AM
by Emily Coakley
The son of Rep. Allen Boyd, D-Fla., has been arrested in Arizona after he allegedly picked up people he knew to be illegal immigrants.
John Boyd of Willcox, Ariz., was arrested Sunday for allegedly smuggling people into the United States, reports the Arizona Daily Star.

Boyd’s father, Rep. Allen Boyd, D-Fla., released a statement about the arrest, in which he “said his son is a grown man and must face the consequences for his actions but has the support of the family,” reported WFTV Orlando.

The Daily Star, quoting court documents, recounted the arrest: “A Border Patrol dog was alerted to the possible presence of illegal immigrants, and an agent saw a person hiding under a piece of plywood in the bed of the truck, the complaint said. The agent asked Boyd to turn off the truck’s engine and continued the search, finding an unaccompanied 6-year-old girl in the passenger seat and two people lying on the floorboard behind the front seat, according to the complaint, filed in U.S. District Court. Agents found two more people hiding under the piece of plywood in the bed of the truck.”

The girl found in the search was reunited with her parents, the Daily Star reported.

Rep. Boyd is serving his sixth Congressional term. He faces Mark Mulligan of Panama City in November, according to WFTV.

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