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Saturday, July 13, 2024 at 5:48 AM

Two arrested, charged with human trafficking

Two arrested, charged with human trafficking
Edward Tito Garza and Claudia Gaspar are both behind bars with human trafficking and drug-related charges.

Two people are in jail with hefty bonds after being caught with drugs and later hit with additional charges for human trafficking.

On June 12, the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office Organized Crime Unit, alongside SWAT and K9 units, executed a search warrant at 417 E. Rio Grande St. in Taylor. Five people were arrested for possession of a controlled substance, specifically methamphetamine.

Edward Tito Garza was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance, more than one but less than four grams. According to a press release from the Sheriff's Office, Garza has a history of violent and drug-related crimes, including a 1992 murder conviction and multiple charges for evading arrest, failing to identify as a fugitive and various drug charges.

Claudia Gaspar was also arrested as a part of the investigation. Later, Gaspar was additionally charged with trafficking of persons.

An additional charge for trafficking a child for sexual conduct was added against Garza.

“The Williamson County Sheriff's Office remains committed to fighting human trafficking and drug offenses,” the press release said. “We will continue to pursue and apprehend criminal offenders who threaten our community so that the district attorney can bring them to justice.”

Both Gaspar and Garza are still in custody at the Williamson County Jail. Gaspar’s bond is set at $75,000, while Garza’s bond is $600,000.

The names of the other suspects have not been released.

Any additional victims are urged to come forward and contact the Sheriff’s tipline at 512-943- 1170 or via email at [email protected].


Taylor Press