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June 11, 2009

MEXICAN CITIZENS SENTENCED FOR CONSPIRACY TO TRANSPORT ILLEGAL ALIENS

(CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas) – Carlos Alberto Cabrera-Ruiz, 23, a Mexico citizen who entered the United States illegally, and Angel Miranda-Orosco, 25, a citizen of Mexico who had been previously deported from the United States, have been sentenced for conspiracy to transport undocumented aliens, United States Attorney Tim Johnson announced today.

Cabrera-Ruiz, was found to be a manager of the alien transporting organization and was sentenced to 108 months in federal prison followed by five years of supervised release and ordered to pay $103,915.35 in restitution. Miranda-Orosco was found to be a minor participant in the organization and was sentenced to 60 months to be followed by five years supervised release.

On Jan. 14, 2009, Cabrera-Ruiz and Miranda-Orosco were indicted by a Corpus Christi Grand Jury on a 14-count indictment charging them with one count of conspiracy to transport undocumented aliens and 13 counts of transporting an illegal alien. Both defendants pleaded guilty on March 24, 2009, to the conspiracy charge.

Cabrera and Ruiz were two guides in an alien smuggling case in which two smuggled aliens were killed and several others seriously injured, which occurred on Dec. 29, 2008. On that date, a vehicle transporting 17 illegal aliens from Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador, failed to yield to law enforcement and was involved in a single vehicle accident near Mathis, Texas. The smuggled aliens were charged fees of $1,600 to $5,000.  Three injured men were found on the ground and an additional deceased male was in the bed of the truck. With the assistance of other law enforcement agencies, officers were able to locate 12 additional individuals hiding in the brush, including the defendants. Later that day, two ranchers located the body of another deceased male and officers located items around the body that appeared to have been ejected from the bed of the pick-up truck. Material witnesses identified the two defendants as brush guides, but were not able to identify the driver.

Cabrera-Ruiz  and Miranda-Orosco had been held in custody since their arrest.

The investigation was conducted by Immigration and Customs Enforcement in coordination with the United States Border Patrol and the San Patricio County Sheriff’s Office. This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Mark Patterson.

 

 

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