Last Member Of Phoenix Alien Smuggling Organization Sentenced To Prison
Tampa, Florida - U.S. District Judge Richard A. Lazzara sentenced the last member of a Phoenix, Arizona smuggling organization to prison last week for conspiracy to transport at least 100 illegal aliens within the United States. On November 30, 2012, Jose Bartolo Calixto-Moran (40), a citizen of Mexico illegally in the United States and living in Phoenix, was sentenced to 41 months in federal prison. The court also ordered Calixto-Moran to serve 5 years of supervised release, following his prison sentence.
Calixto-Moran pleaded guilty on August 17, 2012.
According to court documents and sentencing testimony, Calixto-Moran, along with his brother Pedro Calixto-Moran, and his brother’s girlfriend, Marilu Ramirez-Bartolo, were in the business of transporting illegal aliens. For a number of years, they transported hundreds of illegal aliens from the Phoenix area throughout the United States.
Pedro Calixto-Moran (35) and Marilu Ramirez-Bartolo (32), Mexican citizens residing illegally in the United States and living in the Phoenix area, each previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to transport at least 100 illegal aliens within the United States. On October 18, 2012, Pedro Calixto-Moran was sentenced to 71 months in federal prison, and Ramirez-Bartolo to 27 months in federal prison.
All three individuals were prosecuted as a result of a follow-up investigation subsequent to a traffic stop conducted by the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office in February 2012. As a result of the traffic stop in Tampa, two alien transporters were apprehended. Roberto Jimenez-Delgado and Kathleen Ann Roberson were arrested and later pleaded guilty for their roles in the case. Jimenez-Delgado was sentenced to thirty-three months in federal prison, followed by 5 years of supervised release. Roberson was sentenced to time served, followed by 5 years of supervised release.
This case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the U. S. Border Patrol. It was prosecuted by Senior Litigation Counsel Donald L. Hansen.