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New Jersey Man Sentenced for Conspiracy to Transport Illegal Aliens into the United States

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of North Dakota

FARGO – United States Attorney Mac Schneider, District of North Dakota, announced that on July 24, 2023, Jose Ramon Gonzalez-Resendiz age 41, from New Jersey, was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison for Conspiracy to Transport Illegal Aliens into the United States.


According to court documents, Gonzalez-Resendiz and others partially carried out the smuggling of a group of nationals of Mexico across the United States-Canada border into North Dakota in late March 2023, planning to move them further into the United States in exchange for payment of thousands of dollars per person. The plan fell apart when a pickup truck they were using got stuck in the snow. The pickup had to be towed from the drifted snow and was discovered by Border Patrol agents later at a Langdon, North Dakota, hotel where the smugglers and some of the people they smuggled were staying.

Gonzalez-Resendiz’s two co-defendants, Armando De Dios-Carrillo and Victor Manuel Perez-Aguilera, were sentenced by Judge Welte to 24 months and 18 months, respectively, on July 13, 2023. 

This case was investigated by the U.S. Border Patrol, with assistance from U.S. Customs and Border Protection -- Office of Field Operations and Pembina County Sheriff’s Office and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Jacob T. Rodenbiker

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Terry W. Van Horn  701-297-7458

Updated July 24, 2023