Two Texas Hairdressers Arrested in Undercover Operation for offering salon services

Two women in Texas have been arrested by undercover police after offering beauty services at home and violating lockdown measures. 

Ana Isabel Castro-Garcia, 31, and Brenda Stephanie Mata, 20, are alleged to have been running treatments despite strict stay-at-home orders. 

Local police said they launched investigations after receiving anonymous tips from the Laredo Police Department app. 

They allege that the women targeted customers on social media.   

Castro-Garcia was arrested in in an apartment block on Harding Street after she met with an undercover officer posing as a customer needing a nail service.

Police said she ‘admitted to running a nail salon inside her residence and promoting the business on social media, going against the mayoral decree currently in place’. 

Mata, 20, was arrested in a block on Hubner Street after allegedly agreeing to provide an eyelash service inside her home for an undercover officer.

‘Both of the violators independently solicited customers via social media. On both cases, an undercover officer working on the COVID-19 task force enforcement detail made contact with each solicitor to set up an appointment for a cosmetic, beauty service that is prohibited under the emergency ordinance,’ police said in a statement. 

Both women were taken to Webb County Jail and each has been charged with violation of an emergency management plan, a Class B misdemeanor that carries a punishment of up to 180 days in jail, a $2,000 fine or both, The Laredo Times reported. 

‘We remind the community that there is an emergency management plan in place in order to control the spread of the novel COVID-19 virus. Laredo police officers continue to address violations of the order with enforcement,’ the department said.

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