Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Brownsville Stash House Conviction: Smuggling, not Trafficking.

Matamoros Man Sentenced In Immigrant Smuggling Ring [Texas]: A 21-year-old Matamoros man accused of smuggling multiple undocumented immigrants to a Brownsville stash house, and in one instance raping a female immigrant, was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison, U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson announced today. Rogelio Serrano-Lara pleaded guilty on June 9 to transporting an alien within the United States, according to a press release from the United States Attorney's office for the Southern District of Texas.… The woman testified that she was raped after Serrano-Lara threatened to rape her 13-year-old daughter. According to the criminal complaint against Serrano-Lara, the human smuggling ring ran from Brownsville to Mission. Serrano-Lara was arrested on May 10, while days earlier a federal agent found a total of 12 undocumented immigrants in Brownsville.

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