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Man accused of using stolen car to smuggle illegal immigrants near Mexico border

Ray Rivera, 31, is charged with theft of a car. (Photo: Bexar County Sheriff's Office)

SAN ANTONIO - Authorities arrested a man accused of stealing a car and using it to smuggle illegal immigrants.

According to arrest papers, Ray Rivera, 31, stole a car belonging to an ex-girlfriend's mother and said he had to "take care of some business" in McAllen.

That same day, investigators say they arrested Rivera in connection with a human smuggling case in South Texas. The ex-girlfriend helped agents identify Rivera as the man who stole the car.

He is charged with theft of a car, as well as federal charges of smuggling undocumented persons, the reports says.

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