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Another Laredoan Arrested for Transporting Aliens

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Texas

LAREDO, Texas – A 25-year-old Laredo resident has been arrested on charges of transporting an undocumented alien after another local violent crash, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick.

Authorities arrested Francisco Javier Quiroga Aug. 9, 2019. He is set to make his initial appearance today at 11:00 a.m. before U.S. Magistrate Judge Sam Sheldon.

The criminal complaint alleges that on Aug. 9, law enforcement observed multiple people being loaded into a vehicle near the Rio Grande River in Laredo. They attempted to perform an immigration inspection but the vehicle failed to stop, according to the charges. It crashed and rolled over. Authorities then observed people running out of the vehicle, according to the allegations. 

According to the complaint, there were eight individuals in the vehicle, including Quiroga. The seven others were all allegedly undocumented aliens. One of them suffered a fractured sternum and three broken ribs as a result of the incident, according to the complaint. 

If convicted of transporting an undocumented alien causing serious bodily injury, Rodriguez faces up to 20 years in federal prison and a possible $250,000 maximum fine. 

Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations conducted the investigation with the assistance of Border Patrol. Assistant U.S. Attorney April Ayers-Perez is prosecuting the case.

A criminal complaint is a formal accusation of criminal conduct, not evidence.
A defendant is presumed innocent unless convicted through due process of law.

Updated August 12, 2019