November 14, Deputy Jordan Williams was working night patrol for the LCSO and was in western Livingston County. Deputy Williams checked a speeding van at the Mooresville Junction and U.S. 36 before stopping the vehicle at 12:02 a.m.
The stop turned more suspicious as another vehicle also stopped with the van. The driver of the van was from Wichita Kansas and headed to another state. The van was found to have several Hispanic passengers, most had their passport from Mexico but none were legally in the United States. Additional officer from MSHP and Caldwell County came to assist our deputy and Zaki was called to the scene because of the numbers of people the one deputy was dealing with.
No drugs were found in the vehicle but one occupant was arrested at the request of Homeland Security being Ivan Othoniel Sevilla-Baker, 38, Mexico. Suspect was arrested and taken to the Caldwell County Jail per request of ICE. Information was shared about the stop and the people/players involved but no other arrests were requested. Traffic citation issued to the driver of the van.
Investigation took place into possible human trafficking and we were unable to obtain any information/evidence to support that concern.
Driver of the van, Kevin Gonzalez, 24, Wichita, KS received citation and was arrested for Operating Vehicle on Highway Without a Valid Driver's License. Mr. Gonzalez was processed and released from the LCSO.
Good job by all and we appreciate the assistance from other agencies for our deputy.
Sheriff Steve Cox