Hillsborough County
David Gee, Sheriff
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    Release Number: 12-043

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • February 6, 2012
    • Contact Person:
    • Larry McKinnon : lmckinno@hcso.tampa.fl.us
    • 813/247-8094

    Woman Charged With Human Trafficking

    Five Mexican citizens determined to be in the US illegally.
    • Saturday
    • February 4, 2012
    • Time: 5:15 PM
    • Falkenburg Road S and Progress Blvd

    Arrested:


    Kathleen Roberson (Driver)
    DOB: 5/13/1990
    4249 US Hwy 80 W
    Phenix, Alabama

    Charges:

    • No Valid Driver’s License
    • Pending – Federal Charge of Human Trafficking

    Arrested:


    Jessica Roland
    DOB: 12/20/1982
    4249 US Hwy 80 W
    Phenix, Alabama

    Charges:

    • Possession of Cocaine

    Additional Passengers held on immigration violations:

    • Flora Flores-Salinas, DOB: 6/22/1993
    • Teresa Quintas-Osario, DOB: 3/12/1984
    • Ramon Juarez-Martinez, DOB: 4/05/1984
    • Artemio Pedrez-Abarca, DOB: 10/19/1976
    • Salvador Hernandez-Mendez, DOB: 10/09/1993
       

    Details:

    On February 4, 2012 at approximately 5:15 pm, Deputy Wes King was on patrol near the intersection of Falkenburg Road S. and Progress Blvd. when he spotted a 2003 Kia Sorrento without a tag.

    Deputy King stopped the vehicle and identified the driver as Kathleen Roberson who had no valid driver's license. Deputy King arrested Roberson and found she was carrying nearly 6,000 dollars in US cash. The deputy observed Jessica Roland sitting in the rear cargo area and discovered she had a small amount of cocaine in her possession.

    There were five Mexican citizens in the vehicle that were determined to be in the US illegally.

    During further investigation, the deputy determined Kathleen Roberson was transporting the Mexicans from Alabama to Immokalee, Florida.  The US Border Patrol was notified and an agent was dispatched to the scene. The Border Patrol agent seized the vehicle and the $6000.

    Kathleen Roberson will be held at the Hillsborough County Jail without bond pending federal charges for Human Trafficking.

    The five individuals determined to be illegal immigrants will also be held at the Hillsborough County without bond pending deportation.
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