UPDATE: The McLennan County Sheriff’s Office says Lin and Yang have been arrested once more, along with a third person, for continued smuggling.
The third person has been identified as Ping Li, and has been charged with organized crime. His Mercedes was seized by authorities.
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A man and woman arrested following a raid on a popular local buffet restaurant have posted bond and have been released over the weekend.
Zhi Lin, age 31, and Yali Yang, age 30, each posted $60,000 bond and were freed on Saturday.
Lin was charged with engaging in organized criminal activity and Yang was charged with human trafficking, continuous.
The investigation into how the workers came to Waco and the organization that brought them here is ongoing and is described as extending well beyond Waco.
Investigators said that it appeared the workers had been charged large fees to be brought into the country and were ” working off” their debts at very low wage rates.
Deputies had served search warrants on the Vegas Buffet and their home in China Spring as part of a trafficking investigation.
Sheriff Parnell McNamara said the case was one of forced labor after the raid on North Valley Mills Drive Friday.
Workers identified as being from China and Guatemala were initially being treated as victims and were being assisted by the Unbound organization.
Some of the victims were being kept at a local apartment and others were staying at the home of the two who were arrested.
FOX44 News also obtained the report from the Waco-McLennan County Public Health District. You can view this story here.