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U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of New Mexico

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, March 24, 2015

El Paso Man Sentenced to Federal Prison for Transporting Illegal Aliens in New Mexico

ALBUQUERQUE – Victor Corral, 25, of El Paso, Texas, was sentenced this morning in federal court in Las Cruces, N.M., to 27 months in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release for transporting illegal aliens into Doña Ana County, N.M.

Corral was arrested on July 24, 2014, on a criminal complaint charging him with conspiracy to transport illegal aliens.  According to the complaint, on that day, U.S. Border Patrol Agents encountered Corral along with four other individuals traveling on New Mexico Highway 9. At the time of the encounter, Corral and the driver of the vehicle were transporting three illegal aliens from the United States/Mexico border where the illegal aliens had unlawfully entered the country to a location in El Paso, Texas.  According to the criminal complaint, Corral made a post arrest statement in which he acknowledged that he earned approximately $3,000.00 a week over a nine-month period for smuggling illegal aliens from El Paso to other locations in the United States.

Corral pled guilty on Sept. 5, 2014, to a felony information charging him with conspiracy to transport illegal aliens.  The plea was entered without the benefit of a plea agreement.

This case was investigated by the Santa Teresa Customs and Border Protection/U.S. Border Patrol and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Luis A. Martinez of the U.S. Attorney’s Las Cruces Branch Office.

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Updated March 24, 2015