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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Texas

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Thursday, June 4, 2015

Former Deputy Constable Pleads Guilty to Alien Smuggling

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – A former Cameron County Deputy Constable has entered a plea of guilty to transporting illegal aliens, announced U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson.

Luis Enrique Guevara, 44, of Brownsville, entered his plea today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jason Libby, admitting he transported three illegal aliens in a Nissan Pathfinder.

Guevara was arrested April 9, 2015, after an officer with the Robstown Police Department (RPD) stopped him for speeding as he was driving the Pathfinder north on U.S. Highway 77 through Robstown.

During the traffic stop, Guevara told the arresting officer he was a former police officer from Cameron County and a former narcotics officer with the Los Fresnos Police Department. After his arrest, Guevara told investigators he had transported illegal aliens several times prior and that he was paid $2,500 per illegal alien transported.

At the time of the arrest, Guevara was a reserve deputy constable in Cameron County. He no longer holds that position.    

Guevara is scheduled to be sentenced on Sept. 10, 2015, by U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos. At that time, Guevara faces up to five years in prison and up to a $250,000 fine.

The charges are the result of an investigation by Homeland Security Investigations with the assistance of RPD. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Chad W. Cowan.

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Human Smuggling
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Updated December 7, 2015