Mexican Human Smugglers Head to Federal Prison
For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Texas
LAREDO, Texas – Two Mexican human smugglers have been ordered to prison following their convictions for bringing in 17 undocumented aliens, including five unaccompanied minors, into the United States, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Abe Martinez. Jesus Enrique Duran-Morales, 34, and Amilcar Rodolfo Molina-Ordinez, 35, both citizens and nationals of Mexico, pleaded guilty Oct. 2, 2017.
Today, U.S. District Judge Diana Saldaña sentenced both men to 51 months in federal prison. In handing down the sentences, the court noted their extensive immigration and criminal histories. Not U.S. citizens, they are expected to face deportation proceedings following their release.
Duran-Morales and Molina-Ordinez guided at least 17 undocumented aliens across the Rio Grande River and through ranch land near Laredo on Aug. 12, 2017. Agents from U.S. Border Patrol apprehended the group with the support of the Laredo Sector Horse Patrol Unit and Helicopter Support.
Among the 17 apprehended undocumented aliens were five unaccompanied minors, ranging in age from 14 to 17.
They have been and will remain in custody pending transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future.
U.S. Border Patrol conducted the investigation. Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Lisa Ezra prosecuted the case.
Updated December 13, 2017