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Alien Smuggling Leader Sentenced To 41 Months Prison

July 16, 2012

Tampa, Florida - U.S. District Judge Elizabeth A. Kovachevich sentenced Jose Francisco Guerra (29, Mexico) to 41 months in federal prison last week for conspiring to transport illegal aliens and for aiding and abetting in the transportation of illegal aliens. The court also ordered him to serve 5 years of supervised release and to pay a special assessment of $500. Guerra is an illegal alien who was living in Houston, Texas. He pled guilty to the charges on January 24, 2012.

According to court documents and testimony during the sentencing hearing, Guerra was the leader of a Houston-based group that transported more than 100 but less than 1,000 illegal aliens throughout the United States. Guerra provided the illegal aliens and vehicles to the transporters and was paid between $350 and $600 per illegal alien transported. Guerra then paid the transporters $100 per alien in each transportation effort.

Guerra was the last co-conspirator in the organization to be sentenced. Seven other members of his organization were previously sentenced for their roles in this case. On August 17, 2011, Heber Gonzalez-Almendares (29, Honduras) was sentenced to 8 months in federal prison. In November 2011, Hernan Hernandez-Romero (27, Honduras) was sentenced to 24 months in federal prison and Luis Figueroa-Cruz (30, believed to be Honduran) was sentenced to 9 months in federal prison. Jose Mauriacio Orellana-Ayala (39, Honduras) was sentenced on December 20, 2011, to 18 months in federal prison. On January 27, 2012, Ricardo Garcia-Ruiz (29, Mexico) was sentenced to 12 months in federal prison, and Alejandro Zavala-Nickols (40, Honduras) was sentenced to 5 years of probation. And, Rigoberto Bautista-Villanueva (39, Honduras) was sentenced on February 13, 2012 to 42 months in federal prison.

This case was investigated by the United States Border Patrol and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations. It was prosecuted by Senior Litigation Counsel Donald L. Hansen.









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