U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents arrested the alleged ringleader of fake document mills that catered to hundreds of unauthorized immigrants in San Antonio and Austin.
Carlos Saldaña was arrested with another suspect, Jairo Solis Rivera, in Round Rock this week, officials said. Both were detained without bond pending their transfer to San Antonio, where they were indicted last week with seven other alleged members of the ring.
Saldaña is alleged to have directed the mills that sold, for $100 each, hundreds of fake driver's licenses from several states, as well as fraudulent Social Security cards, faux green cards and phony insurance cards.
On Thursday, seven suspects arrested last month entered not guilty pleas, including Gregory Hernandez-Trolle, who allegedly made at least 1,000 fake documents and oversaw the San Antonio operations.