Honduran Man Sentenced To 15 Months In Prison For Conspiracy To Transport Illegal Aliens From Texas To Florida
Jacksonville, Florida - U.S. District Judge Marcia Morales Howard sentenced Melvin Arturo Enamorado (38) today to 15 months in federal prison for conspiracy to transport illegal aliens. Enamorado is a citizen of Honduras who is unlawfully present in the United States and will be subject to deportation after he serves his sentence. Enamorado pled guilty to the offense on May 30, 2012.
According to court documents, Enamorado recruited co-conspirator Diego Ixmata-Chan to drive seven illegal aliens from Houston, Texas to various destinations in Florida. On October 2, 2011, Ixmata-Chan met with Enamorado and the aliens in a parking lot at a Houston airport. During the meeting Enamorado provided gas money and a van for the transportation of the aliens. Enamorado told Ixmata-Chan that after they arrived in Florida, the aliens would call family members to make arrangements to coordinate their drop off locations. Enamorado also instructed Ixmata-Chan to collect money from the family members and to bring the money back to him in Houston. The collection amounts ranged from $450 to $780.
On October 3, 2011, a Border Patrol agent stopped the van in Florida on Interstate 10 near Macclenny, in Baker County. When the van pulled over, two of the aliens jumped out and ran into woods near the highway. Border Patrol agents spoke to Ixmata-Chan and the five remaining passengers about their immigration statuses. They all admitted that they were unlawfully present in the United States.
On February 13, 2012, Ixmata-Chan, who is a citizen of Guatemala and who was unlawfully present in the United States, was sentenced to seven months in prison for his role in the conspiracy.
This case was investigated by the Jacksonville office of U.S. Customs and Border Protection with assistance from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Arnold B. Corsmeier.