Douglas Zabala Cubillan, 45, of Duluth, was arrested in Louisiana and charged with nine counts of human trafficking.
Photo: Louisiana State Police
Photo: Louisiana State Police

Georgia man charged with human trafficking in Louisiana

A Georgia man was arrested for allegedly attempting to transport nine Mexican nationals to various cities to work, according to Louisiana State Police. 

Douglas Zabala Cubillan, 45, of Duluth, was stopped for traffic violations before being arrested and charged with human trafficking late Tuesday in Vernon Parish, LSP said in a press release.

“The trooper stopped the Toyota for two traffic violations, obstructed license plate and improper lane usage,” police said. “As the traffic stopped progressed, the trooper became aware of seven Hispanic males and two Hispanic females, in the vehicle. All were determined to be illegal aliens from Mexico, which Cubillan was transporting to different cities to work.”

The Mexican nationals were released to the U.S. Border Patrol to be deported. Cubillan was booked into the Vernon Parish jail, according to police. 

“These victims were being transported through a human smuggling operation, where they would be forced into debt bondage,” police said. 

The alleged trafficking remains under investigation. 

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The state's attorney general was on hand for the announcement.

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