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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of New Mexico

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Friday, July 25, 2014

Nevada Woman Sentenced to Probation for Transporting an Undocumented Mexican Toddler

ALBUQUERQUE – Serafina Madrid, 35, of Las Vegas, Nev., was sentenced this morning in federal court in Albuquerque to three years of probation for transporting an illegal alien.

Madrid was arrested on Aug. 1, 2013, on a criminal complaint charging her with unlawfully transporting of an illegal alien.  On that day, law enforcement officers encountered Madrid at the Greyhound bus station in Albuquerque.  At the time of the encounter, Madrid was transporting a 16-month old toddler from San Diego, Cal. to Atlanta, Ga.  The toddler was a Mexican national unlawfully in the United States.        

Madrid pleaded guilty on May 6, 2014, to a felony information charging her with transporting an illegal alien. In entering her guilty plea, Madrid admitted that she was transporting the child, who was an illegal alien from Mexico, when she was arrested on Aug. 1, 2013.   Madrid acknowledged that she had been paid $1200.00 to transport the 16-month old toddler from San Diego, Calif., to Atlanta, Ga., and that she expected additional payment when she delivered the toddler to her mother in Georgia.

This case was investigated by the Albuquerque office of U.S. Customs and Border Enforcement, with assistance from the Albuquerque office of the DEA and the Pueblo of Laguna Tribal Police Department, and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Lynn W.Y. Wang and Charles L. Barth.

Updated January 26, 2015