38-year-old driver hitchhikes with a Texas cop who pulled her over while ‘smuggling migrants’ out of El Salvador in her car: She told cop he was handsome – but was then arrested
- Lydia Elizabeth Padillo, 38, was arrested and charged by the Texas Department of Public Safety with people smuggling after she was pulled over by a trooper
- Two illegal immigrant women from El Salvador were found in her car that Padillo was planning to take to Corpus Christi, Texas, along with another driver.
- While talking to the policeman, she could be heard flirting as she told him he had beautiful eyes – but the officer put him in handcuffs shortly afterwards.
A female driver tried to flirt with a Texas cop who pulled her over – before they found two El Salvadoran immigrants being smuggled in the back of her car.
Lydia Elizabeth Padillo, 38, of Edinburgh, Texas, was arrested and charged by the Texas Department of Public Safety last week after a cop stopped her.
Two illegal immigrant women from El Salvador were also found in her car with Padillo allegedly planning to take them to Corpus Christi, Texas, with the help of another female driver.
In a video posted by DPS and posted to Twitter by DPS Lt. Christopher Olivarez, Badillo tried to flirt her way out of arrest by telling the officer that he had nice eyes and was handsome.
The note surprised the officer — but he quickly got back on track and found the two young women in the car who had fake Texas driver’s licenses in order to pass through a Border Patrol checkpoint in Valfurias, Texas.
For your eyes only: Lydia Elizabeth Padillo, 38, was arrested and charged with human trafficking by the Texas Department of Public Safety after a trooper stopped her, but she tried to flirt first
YOUR EYES WERE ONLY YOURS: While talking to the policeman, she could be heard flirting as she told him his eyes were beautiful
Sad Eyes: The tactic didn’t work and Badillo found herself under arrest shortly afterwards but the officer put her in handcuffs shortly thereafter.
Bound: Badillo was put in handcuffs after the officer failed to believe her story
When asked if the driver’s licenses presented were legitimate, Badillo told the policeman that she did not know.
Badillo told how she and her two friends met four months ago at ‘Club Fuego’ and were going out for drinks at a local bar.
Just as the officer mentions how he will run the IDs through his verification system, Badillo tries to distract him by giving him a compliment.
Badillo said to the soldiers, “I look into your eyes, sir.” “I look into your eyes because you are so handsome.”
Badillo then admitted that she had picked up the two women from a cache of weapons and supplies in Mission, Texas.
When asked if the driver’s licenses presented were legitimate, Badillo told the policeman that she did not know. they were not
Two illegal immigrant women from El Salvador were found in her car that Padillo was planning to take to Corpus Christi, Texas, along with another driver.
With her plan unraveled, the officer tells her to turn around and quickly handcuffs her.
Badillo now faces two counts of people smuggling, while the two illegal immigrants have been referred to the US Border Patrol.
According to the Texas DPS, the method of transporting women across the state is common with the potential for later being forced into debt bondage to become victims of sex trafficking.
The bust is part of Operation Lone Star, launched by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott. He introduced Operation Lone Star in March 2021 in order to curb the rise in illegal immigration across the state.
The reference covers 48 provinces mainly along the border with Mexico and directs the Property Protection Department to use all available resources in order to prevent criminal activity such as human trafficking and smuggling, as well as criminal trespassing.
Badillo did her best to flirt with the Texan but was unsuccessful after his suspicions were aroused
Painful look: Badillo, 38, faces two counts of people smuggling while illegal immigrants referred to US Border Patrol