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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Middle District of Louisiana

Friday, November 14, 2014

Alien Smuggler And 6 Others Indicted On Immigration-related Charges

BATON ROUGE, LA - United States Attorney Walt Green announced today that a federal grand jury has returned seven (7) indictments arising from an investigation into the transportation of illegal aliens.

Sabino Guerrero-Estrada, age 27, of Mexico, was indicted yesterday for transporting illegal aliens within the United States for commercial or private financial gain. According to the indictment, on October 17, 2014, the defendant was driving a sports utility vehicle on Interstate 12 in Baton Rouge containing numerous illegal aliens, including six individuals who allegedly had previously been deported from the United States. Those six individuals have been indicted for illegal re-entry by a previously removed alien and include Maria E. Ixtlilco-Barreto, Osvaldo Rosas-Valencia, Lorenzo Hernandez-Fabian, Daniel Hernandez-Fabian, Mario Mata-Cigarrero, and Dimas Rodriguez-Uriostegui.

U.S. Attorney Green stated: “The integrity of a nation’s borders and its immigration laws – to control who and what comes into and out of the country – is fundamental to any nation’s security. This is why Congress has passed numerous acts related to border security, immigration, and work-site enforcement. For the same reason, my office, together with our partners at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations (HIS) and the U.S. Border Patrol, recognize the importance of enforcing the immigration laws.”

New Orleans HSI Special Agent-in-Charge Raymond R. Parmer, Jr., stated: “Human smugglers routinely treat people as little more than cargo and place aliens at great risk of harm all in the name of illegal profits. HSI’s excellent partnership with U.S. Border Patrol sends a strong message that the U.S. border is not open to illegal migration and individuals who place their fates into the hands of coyotes face significant risks during the journey along with prosecution and removal from the country once caught.”

New Orleans Sector Border Patrol Chief Jonathan Richards stated: “The New Orleans Border Patrol Sector’s efforts with its DHS partners reduces the ability of criminal organizations to exploit transportation routes within the area and degrades their ability to conduct criminal acts.”

This matter was investigated by the Baton Rouge offices of the U.S. Border Patrol and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). These matters are being prosecuted by Special Assistant U.S. Attorney J. Brad Casey.

NOTE: An indictment is an accusation by the Grand Jury. The defendants are presumed innocent until and unless adjudicated guilty at trial or through a guilty plea.

Updated December 15, 2014