A Seminole man is wanted by the Presidio County Sheriff’s Office for human smuggling

A plane carrying illegal immigrants crashed in Presidio County
Photo from the scene of the crash
Photo from the scene of the crash(Presidio County Sherriff's Office)
Published: Dec. 31, 2021 at 10:34 AM CST
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UPDATE: Tobias Penner Peters is wanted for his involvement in a human trafficking attempt on December 30th, 2021. Peters attempted to smuggle five undocumented individuals into the United States using an aircraft. He then lost control of the aircraft and caused an accident north of the Presidio Airport. Peters later fled the scene and left multiple individuals at the scene with severe bodily injuries.

If you have any information on this or any other illegal activity in Presidio County, please contact the Presidio County Sheriff’s office at 432-729-4848 or 432-729-4911.


According to the Presidio County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to an airplane crash north of the Presidio International Airport on Thursday.

Deputies arrived on the scene and assisted the injured passengers when they discovered that the crash was a smuggling attempt gone wrong. The pilot attempted to smuggle illegal immigrants from Presidio by air. Investigators believe the excess weight of the passengers (6 passengers in a 4 seat aircraft) and low fuel contributed to the cause of the accident.

Presidio police officers, U.S. Border Patrol, Presidio EMS, TXDOT and Presidio Fire Department arrived on the scene to assist the search and rescue efforts. Some of the illegal immigrants were transported to hospitals in El Paso and others were detained by U.S. Border Patrol. The pilot ran and is wanted for questioning. The Presidio County Sheriff’s Office will continue investigating and filing smuggling charges on the person or persons involved.

If you have any information on this or other illegal activities please contact the Presidio County Sheriff’s Office 432-729-4848.

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